Understanding the Psychosocial Well-being of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC): The Intersection of Research and Policy
Repository Usage Stats
This paper identifies the demographic and behavioral predictors that influence the psychosocial health of orphans. A study was conducted using data from 1,851 children across six sites in Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, and Tanzania, who are enrolled in the Positive Outcomes for Orphans Study (POFO). The quantitative analysis found that maternal orphans, double orphans, and children who engage in labor outside of the home were particularly vulnerable to psychosocial distress. In addition, the multivariate models showed that variations in site and living arrangements were significantly associated with the subjects’ psychosocial outcomes. By synthesizing these findings with literature on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), this paper recommends forging an international framework for psychosocial programming and tailoring country-level programs to address the individual, social, and cultural predictors of psychosocial distress.
Description2012 Durden Prize Finalist
DepartmentPublic Policy Studies
Subjectorphans and vulnerable children (OVC)
National Plan of Action for OVC (NPA)
CitationZhou, Grace (2012). Understanding the Psychosocial Well-being of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC): The Intersection of Research and Policy. Honors thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/5386.
More InfoShow full item record
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
Rights for Collection: Undergraduate Honors Theses and Student papers