An Assessment of a Support Group in Providing Psychosocial Support. A Case of Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital, Harare Zimbabwe
Chineka, Tapiwanashe F.
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The study assessed the support group at Wilkins Hospital in providing psychosocial support to PLWHIV. The study employed a case study research design to solicit data from participants. Data was collected through in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and key informant interviews from a sample of fifty five respondents, which included support group members and key informants from Wilkins hospital. The sample was selected using the purposive sampling technique. The findings were presented in the form of tables on the demographic section and the research findings were analyzed using thematic content analysis. The research findings revealed that there are several activities undertaken in a support group to provide psychosocial support to support group members at Wilkins hospital for instance sharing of personal stories and advice. The activities had both positive and negative effects on support group members. The research then concluded that the support group activities had more positive effects than negative effects on support group members. Thus, the researcher recommended that support group activities put emphasis on attitude change so that support group members can maximize the benefits and get the psychosocial support they need.