Journal of
Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Health Epidemiol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2316
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPHE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 655

Full Length Research Paper

Psychosocial wellbeing of orphan and vulnerable children at orphanages in Gondar Town, North West Ethiopia

Sebsibe Tadesse*
  • Sebsibe Tadesse*
  • Institute of Public Health, the University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia
  • Google Scholar
Fekadu Dereje
  • Fekadu Dereje
  • Department of Sociology, College of Social Sciences, The Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Google Scholar
Molalign Belay
  • Molalign Belay
  • School of Sociology and Social Work, the University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia
  • Google Scholar

  •  Received: 10 May 2014
  •  Accepted: 26 August 2014
  •  Published: 31 October 2014



Abebe T, Aase A (2007). Children, AIDS and the politics of orphan care in Ethiopia: The extended family revisited. Soc. Sci. Med. 64(10):2058-2069.
Atwine B, Cantor GE, Bajunirwe F (2005). Psychological distress among AIDS orphans in rural Uganda. Soc. Sci. Med. 61(3):555-564.
Berry L, Guthrie T (2003). Rapid Assessment: The situation of children in South Africa. The Children's Institute, University of Cape Town.
Brannon L, Feist J (2000). Health psychology: An introduction to behavior and health. 4th Edition. USA: Wadsworth.
Broome ME, Kelbar S, Snethen JA, Warady BA (2004). Coping Strategies Utilized by Adolescents with End Stage Renal Disease. Nephrol. Nurs. J. 31:1(41-52).
Calhoun RG, Tedeschi LG (1995). Trauma and transformation: Growing in the aftermath of suffering. USA: Sage Publications.
Chipungu SS, Bent-Goodley TB (2004). Meeting the Challenges of Contemporary Foster Care. Future Child. 14(1):74-93.
Cluver LD, Gardner F, Operario D (2008). Effects of stigma on the mental health of adolescents orphaned by AIDS. J. Adolesc. Health 42(4):410-417.
Crenshaw DA, Garbarino JB (2007). Hidden dimensions: Profound sorrow and buried potential in violent youth. J. Humanist. Psychol. 47:160-174.
Creswell JW (2003). Qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches. London: Sage Publication. Second edition.
Davids A, Nkomo N, Mfecane S, Skinner D, Ratele K (2006). Multiple vulnerabilities: qualitative data for the study of orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
Dumont M, Provost MA (1999). Resilience in adolescents: Protective role of social support, coping strategies, self-esteem, and social activities on experience of stress and depression. J. Youth Adolesc. 28(3):343-363.
Ethiopian Central Statistical Agency (2013). Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (2007). Single point HIV prevalence estimate. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office and Ministry of Women's Affairs (2010). Standard service delivery guideline for orphans and vulnerable children's care and support programs. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Ferreira M, Keikelame MJ, Mosaval Y (2001). Older women as carers to children and grandchildren affected by AIDS: a study towards supporting the carers. University of Cape Town, Institute of Ageing in Africa.
Gilborn L, Apicella L, Brakarsh J, Dube L, Jemison K, Kluckow M, Smith T and Snider L (2006). Orphans and vulnerable youth in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: an exploratory study of psychosocial well-being and psychosocial support, Horizons final report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Gilborn L, Nyonyitono R, Kabumbuli R and Jagwe-Wadda G (2001). Making a difference for children affected by AIDS: baseline findings from operations research in Uganda. USA: Population Council.
Gow J, Desmond C (2002). Impacts and interventions: HIV/AIDS Epidemic and the children of South Africa. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press.
Killian B, Durrheim K (2008). Psychological Distress in Orphan, Vulnerable Children and Non-Vulnerable Children in High Prevalence HIV/AIDS Communities. J. Psychol. Afr. 18(3):421-429.
Loening VH (2002). HIV/AIDS in South Africa: caring for vulnerable children. Afr. J. AIDS Res. 1: 103-110.
Makame V, Ani C, Grantham MS (2002). Psychological well-being of orphans in Dar El Salaam, Tanzania. Acta Paediatr. 91:459-465.
Manuel P (2002). Assessment of orphans and their caregivers' psychological well-being in a rural community in central Mozambique. London Institute of Child Health.
Nhargava A (2005). AIDS Epidemic and the Psychosocial Wellbeing and School Participation of Ethiopian Orphans. Psychol. Health Med. 10(3):263-275.
Richter L, Manegold J, Pather R (2005). Family and community interventions for children affected by AIDS. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
Tarullo A, Bruce J, Gunnar M (2007). False belief and emotion understanding in post-institutionalized children. Soc. Dev. 16:57-78.
United Children's Fund (2007). The state of the world's children 2008: Women and Children - Child Survival. New York: United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF. Vol. 8.
United Nations Children's Fund (2006). Africa's orphaned and vulnerable generations: Children affected by AIDS. New York: United Nations Children's Fund.
Wolff PH, Fesseha G (1998). The Orphans of Eritrea: Are Orphanages Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? Am. J. Psychiatry 155(10):1319-1324.
Wood K, Chase E, Angleton P (2006). 'Telling the truth is the best thing': Teenage orphans' experiences of parental AIDS-related illness and bereavement in Zimbabwe. Soc. Sci. Med. 63(7):1923-1933.
World Health Organization/United Nations Agency for International DSevelopment (2008). Children and AIDS: third stocktaking report. New York: United Nations Children's Fund.
World Vision UK (2011). What difference does a decade make? Action for orphans and vulnerable children- a follow up review of progress towards the United Nations Declaration of commitment on HIV and AIDS. World Vision, UK. Mpress UK Ltd.
Yenege T (2014). Orphan and Vulnerable Children care and support center. Retrieved from Accessed 05/06/2014.
Zhao G, Li X, Fang X, Zhao J, Yang H, Stanton B (2007). Care arrangements, grief and psychological problems among children orphaned by AIDS in China. AIDS Care 19(9):1075-1082. doi: 10.1080/09540120701335220.