Evaluation of a peer-based mental health support program for adolescents orphaned by AIDS in South Africa
Version of Record online: 14 OCT 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Japan Journal of Nursing Science © 2012 Japan Academy of Nursing Science
Japan Journal of Nursing Science
Volume 11, Issue 1, pages 44–53, January 2014
How to Cite
Thupayagale-Tshweneagae, G. and Mokomane, Z. (2014), Evaluation of a peer-based mental health support program for adolescents orphaned by AIDS in South Africa. Japan Journal of Nursing Science, 11: 44–53. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-7924.2012.00231.x
- Issue online: 26 JAN 2014
- Version of Record online: 14 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Received: 23 FEB 2012
- BAR program;
- orphans South Africa
This article provides the findings of a qualitative study done to evaluate the effectiveness of a peer-based mental health support program for adolescents orphaned by AIDS in South Africa known as BAR, an acronym for “Better Accept Reality”.
Data was collected from 15 adolescents orphaned by AIDS using focus group discussions, reflective diaries, and recordings of the adolescents' school grades. Data were analyzed using Colaizzi's steps of data analysis.
The results showed a notable positive change in the participants' attitude to caregivers, responsibility to self and to others, and school grades.
The study demonstrated that the peer-based mental health support program is effective in meeting the mental health needs of adolescents orphaned by AIDS. The participants were able to express their needs and improve relationships with caregivers, a clear sign of adapting to their loss.