Evaluation of Memory Book Interventions with Orphaned Children in India, Kenya and South Africa

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/602985
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Full-text
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Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Evaluation of Memory Book Interventions with Orphaned Children in India, Kenya and South Africa
Other Titles:
Research and Innovations from Africa [Session]
Author(s):
Braband, Barb J.; Wilson-Anderson, Kaye; Faris, Tamara Lynn; Wilson-Anderson, Kaye; Faris, Tamara Lynn
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Barb J. Braband, RN, CNE, braband@up.edu; Kaye Wilson-Anderson, RN; Tamara Lynn Faris, RN
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: Purpose The purpose of this collaborative multi-site research study was to explore and compare the lived experiences of orphaned children in India, Kenya and South Africa who have utilized the Memory Book intervention. Background Circumstances leading to an orphaned state were related to HIV/AIDS or abandonment due to poverty, disease or war. Traditional models for surrogate parenting by extended families have been strained by the frequent loss of one or both parents of affected children resulting in the need for alternative care models such as orphanages. Orphaned children have sustained many threats to their holistic health, including the loss of precious family memories, severed family relationships, and potential significant paralysis in development due to loss and grief. The Memory Book was developed and implemented in 2005 by a nurse leader, with a supportive volunteer base, in a northwestern city in the United States. The books were implemented to facilitate orphaned children in "telling their story" and to foster their sense of well-being and resilience. Methods A qualitative phenomenological approach was implemented to evaluate the Memory Book intervention in six children's homes in these three countries. Following university institutional ethics review board approval in the United States, separate focus group interviews with children (n = 65) and their caregivers (n = 6) were conducted. Following data saturation with multiple focus groups at the identified international sites, data were analyzed based on a constant comparison method for narrative themes. Results Study findings offer evidence to support the ability of children to work through loss and grief when they are assisted in preserving and telling their story through the use of Memory Books . Common themes offered by orphans between the six sites as a result of the intervention included support for their identity, awareness of family or relationships, and emotional expressions. Implications The Memory Book intervention assisted children to chronicle their lives and demonstrated the potential to guide future interventions for orphaned children by care providers, nurses and other healthcare providers in this context.
Keywords:
childhood grief; grief intervention; resilience
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15F25
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleEvaluation of Memory Book Interventions with Orphaned Children in India, Kenya and South Africaen
dc.title.alternativeResearch and Innovations from Africa [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorBraband, Barb J.en
dc.contributor.authorWilson-Anderson, Kayeen
dc.contributor.authorFaris, Tamara Lynnen
dc.contributor.authorWilson-Anderson, Kayeen
dc.contributor.authorFaris, Tamara Lynnen
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen
dc.author.detailsBarb J. Braband, RN, CNE, braband@up.edu; Kaye Wilson-Anderson, RN; Tamara Lynn Faris, RNen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/602985en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: Purpose The purpose of this collaborative multi-site research study was to explore and compare the lived experiences of orphaned children in India, Kenya and South Africa who have utilized the Memory Book intervention. Background Circumstances leading to an orphaned state were related to HIV/AIDS or abandonment due to poverty, disease or war. Traditional models for surrogate parenting by extended families have been strained by the frequent loss of one or both parents of affected children resulting in the need for alternative care models such as orphanages. Orphaned children have sustained many threats to their holistic health, including the loss of precious family memories, severed family relationships, and potential significant paralysis in development due to loss and grief. The Memory Book was developed and implemented in 2005 by a nurse leader, with a supportive volunteer base, in a northwestern city in the United States. The books were implemented to facilitate orphaned children in "telling their story" and to foster their sense of well-being and resilience. Methods A qualitative phenomenological approach was implemented to evaluate the Memory Book intervention in six children's homes in these three countries. Following university institutional ethics review board approval in the United States, separate focus group interviews with children (n = 65) and their caregivers (n = 6) were conducted. Following data saturation with multiple focus groups at the identified international sites, data were analyzed based on a constant comparison method for narrative themes. Results Study findings offer evidence to support the ability of children to work through loss and grief when they are assisted in preserving and telling their story through the use of Memory Books . Common themes offered by orphans between the six sites as a result of the intervention included support for their identity, awareness of family or relationships, and emotional expressions. Implications The Memory Book intervention assisted children to chronicle their lives and demonstrated the potential to guide future interventions for orphaned children by care providers, nurses and other healthcare providers in this context.en
dc.subjectchildhood griefen
dc.subjectgrief interventionen
dc.subjectresilienceen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:40:53Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:40:53Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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