The power of siblings and caregivers: under-explored types of social support among children affected by HIV and AIDS

August 4, 2016
Authors: Melissa Sharer, Lucie Cluver, Joseph J. Shield, Frederick Ahearn
Organization: AIDS Care

The purpose of this study was to look at the role of family support in reducing depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress among children affected by HIV and looked with greater depth at the multiple types of familial social support.  The results revealed the importance of sibling social support and reinforced the importance of a child’s perception of quality of social support and self-report of positive mental health.  Research should continue to explore the strengths of the broader family circle and interventions should look at ways to develop new family support mechanisms for the psychosocial wellbeing of children affected by HIV.