Brief screen may identify mental disorders in children orphaned by HIV/AIDS

  • April 24, 2014

A brief questionnaire used by caregivers may be useful in identifying emotional and behavioral problems in children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, where clinically trained mental health care workers are scarce, according to recent study results.

The U.N. estimates that approximately 12 million children are orphaned by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Research suggests that orphanhood may have a detrimental effect on children, including the development of psychiatric disorders.

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