Meeting the psychosocial needs of children in the context of HIV/AIDS
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Issues surrounding psychosocial well being and the impact of HIV/AIDS on children are multifaceted. The paper draws attention to their complexity by comparing different policy, programme and analytic standpoints, drawn largely from sub-Saharan Africa. The focus of the paper is on younger children, specifically up to the age of eight years. Comparisons are provided, and issues are aposed against one another to broaden understanding and provoke discussion of psychosocial issues by policymakers, practitioners, and researchers. To do this, twelve polarities in psychosocial concepts and applications to support vulnerable
children are presented and contrasted. The perspectives and recommendations presented in these comparisons are selective and illustrative rather than exhaustive and conclusive.