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Positive mental health in caregivers: A mixed methods study of religion and virtue across four countries and religious traditions

Project Objectives

This interdisciplinary, cross-cultural study seeks to understand pathways for sustaining positive mental health among caregivers of orphans living in four countries (India, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Cambodia) and of four religious traditions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism). This qualitative and quantitative study includes interviews, surveys, and diaries. The findings aim to advance theoretical concepts of stress, coping, and well-being; to inform the measurement of virtue; and to provide practical guidance on how caregivers in challenging contexts can flourish.

Project Policy Impact Description

This project will provide practical guidance on how caregivers in challenging contexts can flourish.

Department & School

Health Policy, Center for
Duke Global Health Institute

Collaborators

  • Emory University
  • Sahara Centre for Residential Care and Rehabilitation
  • ACE Africa - Kenya
  • Stand for Vulnerable Organization (SVO)
  • Meahto Phum Ko'mah (MPK, or "Homeland Foundation")
  • Duke Divinity School and Duke Dept of Psychiatry
  • Duke Dept of Sociology
  • Duke Public Policy Dept

Project Status

Ongoing

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