Social support, religiosity, and depression among older caregivers of HIV/AIDS children in rural Namibia
Kalomo, Eveline N.
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Kalomo, E. N., Jun, J. S., & Lee, K. H. (2021). Social support, religiosity, and depression among older caregivers of HIV/AIDS children in rural Namibia. Social Work in Mental Health, doi:10.1080/15332985.2021.1964676
The study of older caregiving is emerging as an important area of research in HIV endemic communities. This study explored the role of social support/network and religiosity in predicting depressive symptoms among older caregivers (N = 100) from the Omusati region in rural Namibia, Africa. Hierarchical multivariate regression results showed that higher levels of social support/network and intrinsic religiosity were significantly associated with lower levels of depressive symptoms. This study suggests the need for mental health professionals in Namibia to invest in and employ evidence-based social support and religious coping interventions for older caregivers of people living with HIV/AIDS.
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