Faculty Publications

Title

HIV/AIDS in Kenyan schools: Neuropsychological and psychoeducational implications

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Tiffany Chenneville

Kemesha Gabbidon

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2020

Abstract

Kenya has the twelfth largest HIV/AIDS epidemic in the world. In 2016, there was an estimated 1.6 million people living with HIV in Kenya. Youth ages 15–24 accounted for over half (51%) of the HIV incidence reported in 2015, a significant increase from 2013 where youth accounted for 29% of all new cases. The purpose of this paper is to review HIV prevalence and incidence among youth and other key populations in Kenya and to discuss the cultural attitudes and practices that impact the HIV epidemic including relevant laws, policies, and initiatives with a focus on the role of school psychologists in neuropsychological interventions for children and adolescents living with HIV. A broad range of biomedical, behavioral, and structural approaches for addressing the HIV-related needs among youth in Kenya are discussed as is the importance of addressing the psychosocial needs of youth living with HIV by acknowledging the relationship between physical health, mental health, and academic outcomes. The critical role of school psychologists and other school professionals in implementing these strategies is highlighted.

Language

English

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

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