Questioning the mental health effects of community-based interventions : evaluation of a women empowerment programme

Show simple item record Hoss, Juliane M. Eskell-Blokland, L.M. (Linda) Weierstall, Roland 2018-08-20T07:56:02Z 2018-08-20T07:56:02Z 2019-06
dc.description.abstract This study conducted an empirical evaluation of a pre-existing women empowerment community programme purporting to address negative consequences of traumatic experiences and gender-based violence while facilitating posttraumatic growth. It was conducted in Tembisa, a South African township, with 103 women aged 18–56 (M = 27.77, SD = 8.29). The women were assessed before the start of the programme. A 3-month follow-up assessed 70 women: 39 in the intervention group, 31 in the control group. Factors assessed included demographic information, traumatic experiences, depressive symptoms (Patient Health Questionnaire–9), and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD Symptoms Scale–Interview for DSM-5). Results on the mental health measures indicated the general need for a programme supporting the women in coping with their challenges due to poverty, unemployment, and inequality in the community. Results suggested that the programme had little or even negative influence on the women’s functionality and mental health symptoms. The strong focus on traumatic experiences of the women empowerment programme seems to be inadequate for the specific needs of this target group. This article argues against the implementation of interventions without tailoring them to the specific needs of the target populations. A collaboration between researchers and practitioners is recommended to adequately pursue the goals of such programmes. en_ZA
dc.description.department Psychology en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Hoss, J.M., Blokland, L.E. & Weierstall, R. 2019, 'Questioning the mental health effects of community-based interventions: evaluation of a women empowerment programme', South African Journal of Psychology, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 282-292. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0081-2463 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-208X (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1177/0081246318789539
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Sage en_ZA
dc.rights © The Author(s) 2018 en_ZA
dc.subject Gender-based violence en_ZA
dc.subject Posttraumatic growth en_ZA
dc.subject Poverty en_ZA
dc.subject Structural violence en_ZA
dc.subject Trauma en_ZA
dc.subject Women empowerment programme en_ZA
dc.title Questioning the mental health effects of community-based interventions : evaluation of a women empowerment programme en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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