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The psychosocial impact on rural grandmothers caring for their grandchildren orphaned by HIV/AIDS

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dc.contributor.advisor Fourie, M. E. (Mr.) en
dc.contributor.advisor Segalo, P. J. (Ms.) en
dc.contributor.author Mudavanhu, Doreen en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T10:46:00Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T10:46:00Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-25T10:46:00Z
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-31 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/705
dc.description.abstract This exploratory study investigated the psychosocial impact on rural grandmothers of Gutu, Zimbabwe, caring for their grandchildren orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The participants included 12 paternal and maternal grandmother-caregivers from four districts of Gutu, whose ages ranged from 56 to 76 years with orphans in their care ranging from infants to 18 years. The present study made use of Erikson's psychosocial theory of development on late adulthood. Data were gathered using semi-structured open-ended interviews in the participants' homes. Interpretive analysis was used to analyse the audio-taped data. Findings reveal that most grandmothers are experiencing a personal toll in dealing with the late adult crisis of integrity versus despair, including finding it difficult to resolve the grief of losing children while engaging in full time grandparenting in a stigmatising society. Participants reported a need for support and interventions tailored to their unique needs. Counselling, social support, financial assistance, and skills and knowledge about HIV/AIDS are therefore recommended. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (viii, 102 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Caregivers en
dc.subject Epidemic en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject Grandmother-caregivers en
dc.subject Grandparenting en
dc.subject Grandparents en
dc.subject Orphaned grandchildren en
dc.subject Psychosocial impact en
dc.subject Rural en
dc.subject.ddc 306.8745096891
dc.subject.lcsh Grandparents as parents -- Zimbabwe -- Gutu District
dc.subject.lcsh Orphans -- Zimbabwe -- Gutu District
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- Zimbabwe -- Gutu District
dc.subject.lcsh Grandparenting -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Grandparenting -- Social aspects -- Zimbabwe -- Gutu District
dc.title The psychosocial impact on rural grandmothers caring for their grandchildren orphaned by HIV/AIDS en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Psychology en
dc.description.degree M.Sc. (Psychology) en


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