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Coping: a challenge for guardians of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in a South African township

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  • Edith Kiggundu
  • Wilna Oldewage-Theron
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    The main objective of this study, part of an investigation into the health of guardians of HIV/AIDS orphans, was to explore the guardians' coping mechanisms. Previous research has shown that there is a relationship between the use of social support networks and the guardians' ability to cope with the challenges of caring for HIV/AIDS orphans. Data were collected by means of a socio-demographic questionnaire and individual semi-structured interviews with guardians who attend a support group organised by a non-governmental organisation in Alexandra, the oldest township in Gauteng and a very poor area of South Africa. The article concludes that harnessing social support networks is an effective strategy that could help guardians cope with the challenges of caring for HIV/AIDS orphans.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Development Southern Africa.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 383-397

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:26:y:2009:i:3:p:383-397

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    Keywords: Coping mechanisms; guardians; HIV/AIDS orphans; social support networks;

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