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Conditions of life for child-headed households: an explorative interview study from South Africa
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2006 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The objective of the study was to explore the conditions of every day life of child-headed households in South Africa. Following research questions were developed:

• How do South African children who are the head of the household perceive his or her life situation and the role as the household-head?

• How are the relations with siblings and other relatives?

• What kind of support do they need?

In order to fulfil the objective an interview study with the design as a case study was con-ducted. Seven children and young adults who had been heading household since under the age of 18 were found to be interviewed about their conditions of life. The result is presented as six case studies and is then discussed in the light of earlier knowledge on the subject as well as focusing on unique and mutual experienced of the informants. The results strongly support results in earlier research on life conditions for Child-headed households (CHH). Children living in CHHs face immense challenges and difficulties in their every day life and the sup-port given is not enough. Conclusions that are made include that improving assistance must be offered both in the dimensions of prevention of children living alone and immediate support to children already living in CHHs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. , 67 p.
Keyword [en]
Child-headed household, South Africa, Orphan, AIDS, Childhood
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6722OAI: diva2:196935
Available from: 2007-03-07 Created: 2007-03-07Bibliographically approved

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