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ERIC Number: EJ990173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Social Support Disparities for Caregivers of AIDS-Orphaned Children in South Africa
Kuo, Caroline; Fitzgerald, Jane; Operario, Don; Casale, Marisa
Journal of Community Psychology, v40 n6 p631-644 Aug 2012
Drawing upon a sample of 1,599 adults caring for children in HIV-endemic Umlazi Township in South Africa, this cross-sectional survey investigated whether perceived social support varied among caregivers of AIDS-orphaned children (n = 359) as compared with caregivers of children orphaned by other causes (n = 171) and caregivers of nonorphaned children (n = 1,069). Results of multivariate linear regressions indicate that caregivers of AIDS-orphaned children reported significantly lower levels of social support compared with caregivers of other-orphaned children and nonorphaned children independent of socio-demographic covariates. Caregivers of other-orphaned and nonorphaned children reported similar levels of social support. In terms of sources of support, all caregivers were more likely to draw support from family and significant others rather than friends. These findings indicate a need to develop interventions that can increase levels of social support for caregivers of AIDS-orphaned children, particularly networks that include friends and significant others. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa