Assessing psychosocial problems of orphan children in social service health development organizations

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Sewagegn Mola Melaku


This study was designed to assess the psychosocial problems experienced by orphan children, in Addis Ababa town. To meet this objective, the researcher drew 50 out of 420 orphan children selected as the sample participant of the study by using simple random sampling techniques. The questionnaire with open-ended and close-ended items was distributed to all the participants to assess orphan children's psychosocial problems. The research design is a quantitative and qualitative research approach. The quantitative data were analyzed through descriptive statistical measures such as percentage, frequency, tabulation, and tables, whereas the qualitative data were analyzed through structured interviews respectively. The study revealed that the major causes of death among orphan children’s families were natural illness, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and car accidents with known reasons and unknown reasons respectively. The study also revealed that orphans suffer from social problems such as poor interrelationships, living with others, talking with strangers or others, and suffering from the absence of assistance.

Keywords: Assessment; children; health; psychosocial; social service; orphan.


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Melaku , S. M. (2023). Assessing psychosocial problems of orphan children in social service health development organizations. Global Journal of Psychology Research: New Trends and Issues, 13(1), 54–62.
Author Biography

Sewagegn Mola Melaku , Wachemo University, Department of psychology, Hosanna, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Sewagegn Mola Melaku has got his first degree in psychology at Wollo University. He has attended his second degree in Bahir Dar University in Social Psychology 2007. He published more than 4 articles in the international reputable journals. He is Lecturer in psychology by now. He has long years of service in teaching graduate students in the department. As course chair, Sewagegn contributes too much in Wachemo University. He is an effective teacher in the Collage of Social Science and Humanities, Department of psychology.