Exploring the Mental Health Outcomes of Orphaned and Separated Children: Udayan Care - New Delhi, India

Workshop Participants at Udayan Care and SRT India 2023 Team

Project member(s):

  • Seth Liyanapathirana
    Alekshyander Mishra
    Akhilesh Shivaramakrishnan

Faculty mentor:

Community partners:

  • Dr. Kiran Modi, Udayan Care

Exploring the Mental Health Outcomes of Orphaned and Separated Children: Udayan Care - New Delhi, India

Project overview

The SRT India 2023 team focused on evaluating and addressing the mental health of orphans and separated children living in the Udayan Care residential system, based in New Delhi. The team conducted 120+ interviews with adolescents and young adults. These interviews included the administration of standardized measures of depression, anxiety, and stress, among others, while also qualitatively evaluating sociocultural perceptions and use of coping strategies. Furthermore, the team administered life skills workshops to "aftercare" participants, the population transitioning out of residential care. The team will now begin data evaluation, culminating in the delivery of a comprehensive report to Udayan Care.

Project poster

Project notes

Thank you to Dr. Sumedha Ariely, Lysa MacKeen, and Emilee Kerr from the Duke Global Health Institute for their guidance throughout this process. Additionally, our collaborators at Udayan Care, including the staff, Dr. Kiran Modi, Robin Raju, Reetu Mehra, and Aditi Srivastava played a key role. We are excited that we had the opportunity to continue the partnership that Duke and Udayan have shared for over ten years.

We also wanted to send a special thanks to Parvinder Udayan, our research coordinator, as well as Jaya Shekhar, Meghna Chatterjee, Deepanshi Garg, our field research interns, who were instrumental to our success.

In the media and resources section, you can access:

  • A sample questionnaire—a key part of our time in India was administering quantitative and qualitative measures to 120+ interviewees. The pdf contains the measures used for participants aged 16 and over. 
  • A sample workshop—we conducted 5 mental health and life skills workshops for aftercare participants (young adults transitioning out of residential care) in collaboration with Udayan Care. The attached slides are a sample of one of the sessions.
  • High risk identification process—one main research objective included identifying participants that needed emergent mental health care, and were at high risk for depression, anxiety, or suicide/self harm. This image outlines the process for high risk identification.

Media and resources




Last updated on October 6, 2023