Institutional Care of Children in Low- and Middle-Income Settings: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom of Oliver Twist

Glob Health Sci Pract. 2015 Aug 25;3(3):330-2. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-15-00228.


Whether institutions or extended families are better suited to care for orphans depends on the specific circumstances. Reported rates of traumatic experiences among orphans and vulnerable children are high in both institutions and extended families; improving the quality of care for such children should be the paramount priority in all settings.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Child Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
  • Child, Institutionalized / psychology*
  • Child, Orphaned / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events*
  • Male
  • Stress, Psychological / epidemiology*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*