Qualitative interviews with mentor mothers living with HIV: potential impacts of role and coping strategies

Show simple item record

dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-03 en
dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-17T18:12:40Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-17T18:12:40Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/3323
dc.description.abstract In South Africa where HIV prevalence is high, mentor mother programmes have been used to promote the health and wellbeing of women enrolled in government programmes preventing vertical transmission. The Masihambisane Project trained mentors to be educators and facilitators as "expert patients" in self-help groups. While this and other similar interventions demonstrate positive outcomes for mothers and their children, the long-term repercussions for mentors delivering the intervention are seldom considered. This article explores the personal impact of being a mentor, the potentially traumatizing effects of repeatedly sharing their experiences of living with HIV and the coping strategies they adopt. Towards the end of the Masihambisane intervention, 10 semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with locally recruited mentors living with HIV and were thematically analysed. Mentors found the repeated telling of their stories a painful reminder of adverse personal experiences. In some cases, retelling caused a physical reaction. Mentors relied on coping strategies like taking breaks, writing their experiences down and debriefing sessions. Despite the difficulties associated with their role, some mentors found being advisors and the group sessions therapeutic and empowering. These findings indicate that the inclusion of peer mentors comes with certain responsibilities. While the mentors were resilient and some found the experience therapeutic and empowering found creative ways to cope with secondary trauma, the negative implications cannot be ignored. To effectively deliver a mentor-driven intervention to mothers enrolled in a programme to prevent vertical transmission, the possibilities of secondary trauma should be considered and mentors provided with ongoing counselling, training on coping skills and regular debriefing sessions. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject WOMEN en
dc.subject COPING MECHANISM en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.title Qualitative interviews with mentor mothers living with HIV: potential impacts of role and coping strategies en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber PJAQNA en
dc.Volume 15(S2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2012/13 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.SourceTitle Journal of the International AIDS Society en
dc.ArchiveNumber 7356 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 6007 en
dc.bibliographictitle Dhlamini, L., Knight, L., Van Rooyen, H., Van Heerden, A. & Rotheram-Borus, M.J. (2012) Qualitative interviews with mentor mothers living with HIV: potential impacts of role and coping strategies. Journal of the International AIDS Society. 15(S2):Online. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/3323 en
dc.publicationyear 2012 en
dc.contributor.author1 Dhlamini, L. en
dc.contributor.author2 Knight, L. en
dc.contributor.author3 Van Rooyen, H. en
dc.contributor.author4 Van Heerden, A. en
dc.contributor.author5 Rotheram-Borus, M.J. en

Files in this item

Files Size Format View

There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record