The Relationship Between Psychosocial Interventions and Child Wellbeing in Zambia

Amanda Lenhardt, Vidya Diwakar, Emmanuel Tumusiime, Jospeh Simbaya, Arthur Moonga

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Psychosocial factors contribute to persistence of poverty, but are rarely addressed in
poverty reduction programs. We use mixed methods to investigate the relationship
between a psychosocial behaviour change approach—empowered worldview (EWV),
and investment decisions in children wellbeing among smallholder farmers in Zambia.
Three years after exposure to EWV, logistic regression model results suggest that
exposure to EWV was associated with an increased probability of parents providing
basic needs of children including school fees, clothes, and food. This probability
increased with more trainings. Using a matched sample, the average treatment efect
on the treated of EWV is positive and statistically signifcant. Qualitative results
reveal EWV enhanced participant agency, spouses’ propensity to work together and
with others in the community, and aspirations for themselves and their children.
These results point to the prevalence of psychosocial constraints and the need for
interventions to sustainably address them to support human development
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-420
Number of pages15
JournalChild Indicators Research
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2022


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