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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Annual research review: Mental health and resilience in HIV/AIDS-affected children – a review of the literature and recommendations for future research

Type :
Research reports & papers
Author :
Theresa S. Betancourt, Sarah E. Meyers-Ohki, Alexandra Charrow, Nathan Hansen
Published :
2012
Link :

Mental health in Children

This article shows that there is a clear need for rigorous research on mental health and resilience in HIV-affected children and adolescents. To date, research on mental health in HIV- affected children (children who have an HIV-positive caregiver or live with the virus themselves) has focused on risk factors associated with the disease. However, simultaneous identification of factors that contribute to resilience in the face of risks is also needed. A greater understanding of modifiable protective processes that contribute to resilience in the mental health of children affected by HIV can inform the design of interventions that bolster naturally occurring supports and contribute to early prevention or better management of risks.