The integral relationship between virtue and the self-appraised subjective well-being of vulnerable youth heads of households in rural southern Malawi

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308615
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The integral relationship between virtue and the self-appraised subjective well-being of vulnerable youth heads of households in rural southern Malawi
Author(s):
Fruechting, Pamela
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Pamela Fruechting, MSN, BS, RN, APRN, ONP-C, pamelafruechting@gmail.com
Abstract:

Session presented on: Saturday, November 16, 2013

BACKGROUND:  Research on the well-being of youth-headed households in HIV-endemic sub-Saharan Africa typically relies on socio-economic and psychological indicators of vulnerability.  Less is known about youth-centric meanings of well-being.  This is the first known study to identify the centrality of virtue in the subjective well-being of youth heads of household. 

OBJECTIVE:  The purpose of this study was to discover key meanings of subjective well-being among youth heads of household in rural southern Malawi.

DESIGN:  Qualitative case study.

THEORETICAL BASIS:  Subjective well-being theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and holistic health.

SETTING:  Data collection in August 2012, rural southern Malawi, at an international NGO and its two community child centers.

METHOD: A convenience sample of youth heads of household (n=10) was recruited with assistance from the NGO and local leaders.  Data included 10 semi-structured youth interviews, a focus group of NGO administrators, conversations with 12 key informants, and researcher observation.

RESULTS:  Youth appraisals of well-being centered on interpersonal virtues.  Well-being emerged as a complex interaction of virtues, self-agency, interpersonal relationships, faith, and social opportunities.  Youth considered virtues vital for holistic health, effective social navigation, and attainment of future goals, while non-virtuous living was considered self-destructive. This is the first known study to identify virtue as integral to the self-appraised well-being of youth heads of households.

CONCLUSIONS/IMPLICATIONS:  Virtue as a health asset is an intriguing consideration for the well-being of vulnerable youth in resource-poor settings.  The relationship between virtue and well-being suggests a model of health consistent with neurobiological literature in which virtue, altruism, faith, and optimism are important mediators of physiological and emotional health.  Research opportunities include:  (1) Inclusion of virtue in pediatric holistic health models, (2) Virtue as a mitigator of vulnerability, (3) Child health as a function of societal virtues, and (4) Collaboration with NGOs for virtue development in pediatric health programs. 

Keywords:
youth-headed households; well-being; virtue
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe integral relationship between virtue and the self-appraised subjective well-being of vulnerable youth heads of households in rural southern Malawien_GB
dc.contributor.authorFruechting, Pamelaen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsPamela Fruechting, MSN, BS, RN, APRN, ONP-C, pamelafruechting@gmail.comen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308615-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Saturday, November 16, 2013</p>BACKGROUND:  Research on the well-being of youth-headed households in HIV-endemic sub-Saharan Africa typically relies on socio-economic and psychological indicators of vulnerability.  Less is known about youth-centric meanings of well-being.  This is the first known study to identify the centrality of virtue in the subjective well-being of youth heads of household.  <p>OBJECTIVE:  The purpose of this study was to discover key meanings of subjective well-being among youth heads of household in rural southern Malawi. <p>DESIGN:  Qualitative case study. <p>THEORETICAL BASIS:  Subjective well-being theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and holistic health. <p>SETTING:  Data collection in August 2012, rural southern Malawi, at an international NGO and its two community child centers. <p>METHOD: A convenience sample of youth heads of household (n=10) was recruited with assistance from the NGO and local leaders.  Data included 10 semi-structured youth interviews, a focus group of NGO administrators, conversations with 12 key informants, and researcher observation. <p>RESULTS:  Youth appraisals of well-being centered on interpersonal virtues.  Well-being emerged as a complex interaction of virtues, self-agency, interpersonal relationships, faith, and social opportunities.  Youth considered virtues vital for holistic health, effective social navigation, and attainment of future goals, while non-virtuous living was considered self-destructive. This is the first known study to identify virtue as integral to the self-appraised well-being of youth heads of households. <p>CONCLUSIONS/IMPLICATIONS:  Virtue as a health asset is an intriguing consideration for the well-being of vulnerable youth in resource-poor settings.  The relationship between virtue and well-being suggests a model of health consistent with neurobiological literature in which virtue, altruism, faith, and optimism are important mediators of physiological and emotional health.  Research opportunities include:  (1) Inclusion of virtue in pediatric holistic health models, (2) Virtue as a mitigator of vulnerability, (3) Child health as a function of societal virtues, and (4) Collaboration with NGOs for virtue development in pediatric health programs. en_GB
dc.subjectyouth-headed householdsen_GB
dc.subjectwell-beingen_GB
dc.subjectvirtueen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:33:38Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:33:38Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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