Published in The Lancet Global Health
Almost one-fifth of children in South Africa have lost a parent; many have experienced multiple losses. Bereaved children are at increased risk for psychological health problems including maladaptive grief and depression. Despite the scale of need, evidence for effective psychological support services is limited.
Khululeka is proud to present the findings of a randomised control trial recently published in the June 2017 volume of The Lancet. The study evaluated Khululeka’s activities and resources in a sample of 293 adolescent girls. The study found that adolescents in the intervention group demonstrated significant improvements in their psychological health, in terms of both reduced maladaptive grief and depression symptoms, compared to adolescents in the waitlisted group. In addition, caregivers of intervention participants reported significantly lower levels of behavioural problems among adolescents, relative to those unexposed to the intervention.