Does loss of a father have a greater impact on a child’s self-esteem than loss of a mother?
The publication of Orphanhood and Self-Esteem: An 18-Year Longitudinal Study From an HIV-Affected Area in Tanzania by Joachim De Weerdt, Kathleen Beegle and Stefan Dercon, brings the total number of research papers published based on the data documented from the Kagera Health and Development Survey (KHDS) to 110.
The research papers published using the KHDS data set range in subject area including, but not limited to, migration, healthcare, child labour and price shocks. This latest paper researches the psychosocial well-being in adulthood of individuals orphaned at childhood. The study found no correlation between maternal death and self-esteem whilst paternal death was strongly correlated with lower levels of self-esteem.
KHDS is one of the longest-running African panel data sets of this nature and offers an unprecedented set of research opportunities for examining long-run (nearly 20 years) and intergenerational (children of the original respondents who have now formed their own households) trends in poverty persistence and economic growth in rural households. Interviewing people who moved out of their baseline location is important for understanding how migration and economic development interlink.