Impact of family-based economic empowerment on AIDS-orphaned children's psychosocial functioning in Uganda
Methods: We use longitudinal panel data from a cluster randomized control trial consisting of two study arms: treatment condition (n=179); and a control condition (n=167). Data were collected at baseline, 12-month, and 24-month follow-up. Multilevel regression is used, and differential changes in outcome variables over time are measured at 12 months and at 24 months.
Results: Our findings demonstrate significant effect of a family-based economic empowerment intervention on orphaned children's psychological well-being. At Wave 3, children in the treatment group reported higher scores on Tennessee Self-Concept scale (B= 3.5, 95% CI= 0.8; 6.2, p<0.01) and lower scores on the Beck Hopelessness Scale (B= -1.6, 95% CI= -2.3; -0.8, p<0.000), compared to children in the control group. In regard to education aspirations, the effect of economic empowerment was significant at Wave 2children in the treatment group reported having higher education aspirations (B= 0.4, 95% CI= 0.002; 0.7, p<0.05), compared to children in the control group. Results, however, did not hold at Wave 3. Results demonstrate significant moderator effect of economic performance in the intervention on children's reported self-concept.
Policy implications: Our findings point to the importance of economic empowerment in addressing AIDS-children's psychosocial functioning.
Learning Areas:Biostatistics, economics
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Evaluate the impact of family-based economic empowerment intervention on orphaned children’s psychological well-being Assess the moderator effect of economic performance in analyzing the psychosocial outcomes Formulate knowledge for public health programming and education
Keyword(s): Children and Adolescents, International
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over four years' of experience working as a Research Associate with Professor Fred Ssewamala-a principal investigator in the family-based economic empowerment intervention study evaluated in our presentation. Professor Ssewamala will be co-presenter and co-author of the paper to be presented at the conference.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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