Putera, A. M., Irwanto, Maramis, M. M. (2020). Quality-of-Life (QoL) of Indonesian Children Living with HIV: The Role of Caregiver Stigma, Burden of Care, and Coping. HIV/AIDS - Research and Palliative Care (Auckland), 12, 573-581. doi: 10.2147/HIV.S269629
This article focused on analyzing the association of caregiver stigma, burden, and coping on Quality of Life (QoL) of Children living with HIV in Indonesia. Children with HIV were usually known to be stigmatized in their environment, and various treatment as well as their caregivers were crucial in helping them enhance their QoL. Different questionnaires including Zarit Burden, F-COPES, and QoL questionnaire were deployed on 53 purposely selected caregivers to measure stigma. Results pointed out that most children with HIV had good QoL and that there were no association between stigma and children QoL. However, caregiver coping was found to influence children’s QoL, with high coping points leading to lower QoL. Such findings were explained by the researchers that several caregiver’s coping mechanisms were emotion-focused rather that problem-focused. These results were necessary to improve treatment approaches to help children with HIV, as unsuitable coping mechanism might give them adverse influences.