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The Effectiveness of a Meaning-Centred Intervention in Protecting the Well-Being HIV/AIDS Health Educators

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dc.contributor.author Makola, Solomon
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-06T07:19:17Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-06T07:19:17Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.issn 1094-429X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/1440
dc.description Published Article en_US
dc.description.abstract This study investigated whether teaching HIV/AIDS Health Educators about Viktor Frankl’s theory of finding meaning in life, results in a significant improvement in their psychological well-being. The participants were 24 volunteers from the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) cluster of a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in South Africa (age range = 20–39 years, females = 67 %, majority ethnicity = 58 % Sotho speaking). The study was both quantitative and qualitative. Quantitative data was collected using Purpose in Life Test (PIL) and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-IA). In addition, qualitative data was collected on the participants’ subjective experience of development in creative potential. A one group pretest–posttest design was employed. The quantitative data was analysed using a non-parametric test procedure for small sample size designs. The qualitative data was analysed by means of themes. The researcher discovered that a sense of meaning intervention seems to result in significant improvement in levels of meaning, and a decrease in depressive symptoms among participants. Consequently, the findings indicate that it is possible to support front line health workers in their search for meaning by means of a meaning-centred intervention, and that this helps to alleviate depressive symptoms. Similarly, meaning-centred intervention seems to be a promising intervention for instilling resilience amongst front line health workers, who provide a valuable voluntary service in the community. Participants indicated they could apply the theory to their personal lives. More importantly, they would use the skills they have acquired in their duties. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Systemic Practice and Action Research en_US
dc.subject Meaning-Centred Intervention HIV/AIDS Health Educators en_US
dc.subject Meaning-Centred Intervention en_US
dc.subject HIV/AIDS Health Educators en_US
dc.subject Depressive Symptoms en_US
dc.subject Creative Values en_US
dc.subject Experiential Values en_US
dc.subject Attitudinal Values en_US
dc.title The Effectiveness of a Meaning-Centred Intervention in Protecting the Well-Being HIV/AIDS Health Educators en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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