Title

Child Well-Being and Hope: A Qualitative Analysis of Focus Group Data From Ugandan Staff Members

Publication Date

3-2013

Abstract

Definitions of child well-being that are both culturally relevant and specific are vital to the understanding and treatment of traumatized children around the world. Organizations that aim to serve such populations must utilize culturally specific definitions to inform programming so that their efforts will be effective. The purpose of this study is to develop such a definition of child well-being in Northern Uganda. This qualitative study examined specific definitions of child well-being and hope reported by Ugandan staff members working with children and partnering with an international nongovernmental organization. Emergent coding techniques revealed 2 major themes associated with child well-being, with 8 related sub-themes, and 2 major themes associated with hope, with 6 related sub-themes. Using content analysis to analyze focus group transcripts, findings suggested that staff members spoke most often about a child's well-being as seen in his or her orientation to role, with attentiveness to teachers, growth/leadership, culturally appropriate respect, and care for peers as examples. Staff members also spoke frequently about hope as seen in a child's access to resources, specifically relational, educational, or religious resources. Implications include providing information for programs working with children in Northern Uganda following the devastation created by years of war.

First Advisor

Eriksson, Cynthia B.

Date Uploaded

10-22-2018

Collection Number

Psych0371E

Document Type

Dissertation

File Name

Michael_fuller.psych_0371E_10020

Language

English

Keywords

Child welfare, Social work with children, International relief, Uganda

Disciplines

Psychology

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https://search.proquest.com/docview/1477549401/B3C73EC29E7D413FPQ/1?accountid=11008

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Embargo Period

10-22-2018

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