Sindile Dlamini — Session II

The psycho-social impact of individual and community trauma and violence in relation to maternal young women: Connecting the dots

Sindile Dlamini (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, International Psychology, DC Campus)

This presentation will explore the psycho-social impact of individual and community trauma and violence experienced by maternal young women particularly in impoverished communities in Southern Africa. In a culture with a high prevalence of HIV, maternal young women also experience lack of resources, and household and community violence, which particularly affects baby and mother and leads to negative pregnancy outcomes. The negative psycho-social environment has contributed to the increase of mental health disorders among maternal young woman. In addition, women may experience fetal demise which may lead to post-partum depression, anxiety, and stress disorders. Therefore, effective coping mechanisms that incorporate faith-based and cultural resources and a stepped care model must be developed.