Stressors and Coping Strategies of Older Adults as Caregivers in the Era of HIV/AIDS: A Case Study of Botswana

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dc.contributor.advisor Bockarie, Abu Forcheh, Irene Anabenu 2013-10-30T18:57:22Z 2013-10-30T18:57:22Z 2012-10-10
dc.description A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in Gerontology, University of Regina. ix, 136. en_US
dc.description.abstract The HIV and AIDS pandemic in Botswana is having a devastating effect on families and disintegrating traditional family structures. The high HIV infection and AIDS related death rate among youth who are economically and socially the productive sector of the population, has forced older adults into the care of AIDS infected and affected family members. As a result, older adults are becoming the main caregivers instead of care receivers. The purpose of this study was to explore the stressors and coping strategies of these older adult caregivers in Botswana. The study adopted a case study methodology and used a purposive sampling technique to recruit eight older adult caregivers in Botswana who were age 65 and older and were caring for AIDS orphans. Face-to-face in-depth interviews were conducted with the participants. To bring out the uniqueness of each participant, a detailed description was provided with a focus on the history and sequence of events that led older adults to assume care-giving responsibilities. A within-case analysis was performed to identify themes in each case and a cross-case analysis was also conducted by establishing and comparing cases with common themes. The findings of this study revealed that older adult caregivers faced four main challenges, which were identified as health issues, financial problems, food insecurity, and stigma and discrimination. According to these findings, participants coped with the challenges of care-giving by depending on social intervention programs such as free healthcare services and monthly food baskets for orphans. The study concludes with recommendations and suggestions for further research. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Regina en_US
dc.title Stressors and Coping Strategies of Older Adults as Caregivers in the Era of HIV/AIDS: A Case Study of Botswana en_US
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.authorstatus Student en
dc.description.peerreview yes en Master of Arts (MA) en_US Master's en Gerontology en_US University of Regina en Centre on Aging and Health en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Hampton, Mary
dc.contributor.committeemember Salm, Twyla
dc.contributor.externalexaminer Luhanga, Florence
dc.identifier.tcnumber TC-SRU-3805

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