Psychosocial Support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children

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Society is often perceived as enabling to all those in a psychosocial crisis. It is the same society that can complicate grief, inhibit social support or incapacitate the sick. Conversely, social support may not always be negative. In many circumstances, it has helped bereaved people move through their grief, help HIV/AIDS patients with a ‘modicum of control’. Social support has been helpful in making orphans and vulnerable children adjust to their plight.

The article explores several ways in which psychosocial support from the community would be helpful and when best to call for avoidant responses. Though it mainly focuses on Orphans and vulnerable children, it also briefly addresses the psycho–social support issues and needs of people living with HIV /AIDS in Zimbabwe
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished online - 2016


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