Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.05.019
Title: Asset ownership and health and mental health functioning among AIDS-orphaned adolescents: Findings from a randomized clinical trial in rural Uganda
Authors: Ssewamala, F.M.
Han, C.-K. 
Neilands, T.B.
Keywords: AIDS-orphaned adolescents
Assets
Children savings accounts
Economic empowerment
Intervention
Mental health
Sub-Saharan Africa
Uganda
Issue Date: Jul-2009
Citation: Ssewamala, F.M., Han, C.-K., Neilands, T.B. (2009-07). Asset ownership and health and mental health functioning among AIDS-orphaned adolescents: Findings from a randomized clinical trial in rural Uganda. Social Science and Medicine 69 (2) : 191-198. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.05.019
Abstract: This study evaluated an economic empowerment intervention designed to promote life options, health and mental health functioning among AIDS-orphaned adolescents in rural Uganda. The study used an experimental design in which adolescents (N = 267) were randomly assigned to receive an economic empowerment intervention or usual care for orphaned children. The study measured mental health functioning using 20 items of the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale (TSCS: 2)-a standardized measure for self-esteem-and measured overall health using a self-rated health measure. Data obtained at 10-month follow-up revealed significant positive effects of the economic empowerment intervention on adolescents' self-rated health and mental health functioning. Additionally, health and mental health functioning were found to be positively associated with each other. The findings have implications for public policy and health programming for AIDS-orphaned adolescents. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Social Science and Medicine
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/129428
ISSN: 02779536
DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.05.019
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