Zambia Rsch: Factors mediating depression among vulnerable Zambian youth
Preliminary results of a study conducted in partnership between REPSSI, the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) and ChildFund Zambia are now available.
Since 2008, 960 children aged between 10 and 18, in a rural area of Kafue, Zambia, participated in five rounds of a very comprehensive survey. The survey was designed to asses the effects of a programme to provide both livelihood support to poor households and psychosocial support to children.
These briefs provide information around the challenges facing young people living in communities ravaged by HIV, AIDS, and poverty. In particular they highlight the challenges faced by young people living with chronically ill caregivers – a group that can be sometimes ignored as we focus on those who are orphaned.
This research brief examines the factors that mediate depression among vulnerable Zambian youth. Here we show that by focussing our attention on a small number of community and household factors, our potential for reducing depression in this population is high.