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The Kgolo Mmogo project: Resilience and participation in a group intervention for HIV-infected woman and their children in South Africa

Prof. Irma Eloff , Michelle Finestone, Prof. Brian Forsyth

ln this paper we share the way in which one of the assumptions at the outset of a longitudinal study of the resilience of HIV-positive mothers and their  children, is challenged four years into the study - with specific reference to the employment status of the participants. The Kgolo Mmogo project  investigates the resilience factors in mothers (n=440) and children (n=440) who are dealing with the affect and effects of HIV & AIDS. The study consists of  long-term data collection on psychological resilience factors in both groups. The assessment data is paralleled by intervention research that tracks the  effects of a group-based support intervention in which mothers and children are assigned to groups within a randomized control trial design.

Recorded: October 2009, Dubrovnik - Cavtat, Croatia.
Coping & Resilience International Conference

Organiser: The Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice

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Prof. Irma Eloff

Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa, Prof Eloff grew through the ranks of the University of Pretoria; first starting as a teaching assistant in 1991; later becoming lecturer, senior lecturer, associate professor (1998) and professor (2002).She has extensive management experience, having served as head of department, chair of the School of Educational Studies and acting dean.Having done her undergraduate studies at the University of North West in the late 1980s, Professor Eloff came to the University of Pretoria where she obtained most of her teaching qualifications between 1990 and 1996, including HED Education, B Ed (Educational Psychology) and M Ed (Educational Psychology).She obtained her PhD (Educational Psychology) at the University of Stellenbosch in 1997.She was also a visiting assistant professor at the Yale University (USA) from October 2001 to January 2002.Professor Eloff has published widely, including three books on life skills including educational psychology, and has supervised a number of postgraduate students on the masters and doctoral levels.She has been involved in numerous community projects as part of her academic duties at the University of Pretoria

Michelle Finestone

Michelle Finestone is a lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria. She has experience in both clinical and educational Psychology. She holds a master's degree in medical applied psychology. She is the academic co-ordinator of a distance education special needs course and a project leader for variouus funded projects. her current research focuses on emotional intelligence and bipolar disorder. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Prof. Brian Forsyth

Brian Forsyth is Professor of Pediatrics and Yale Child Study Center at Yale University. Dr Forsyth received his medical degree from Glasgow University, Scotland and did his residency training in Montreal, Canada before joining Yale as a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in General Academic Pediatrics. He has been a faculty member at Yale since 1982 and is presently the Medical Director of Yale-New Haven Hospital Pediatric Primary Care Center. Both Dr. Forsyth’s clinical work and research have always related to the care and needs of disadvantaged children with a particular focus on children affected by HIV disease.

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