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Containment and contagion: how to strengthen families to support youth HIV prevention in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-07 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-20T09:30:48Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-20T09:30:48Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/7144
dc.description.abstract There has been little research done in South Africa that investigates how families nested within communities can be strengthened to support the prevention of HIV infection in youth. A focused ethnographic case-study approach was employed to better understand how families in a semi-rural area outside Durban, South Africa, could support youth to make healthy life choices, particularly with respect to HIV risk behaviour. This involved a volunteer convenience sample of parents or caregivers and key community members. A psychodynamic extension of social representational theory was applied to an interpretation of the data. The findings suggest that caregivers of youth feel disempowered and unsupported in a context of fractured and un-containing leadership structures, which works against social cohesion. In the context of social change and relatively new and threatening phenomena such as HIV/AIDS, we argue that strong unified leadership structures are necessary to assist with anchoring the unfamiliar and rendering it manageable, as well as to form the building blocks of social cohesion, a protective social environmental factor for youth. In addition, we suggest that programmes aimed at empowering parents or caregivers with knowledge about HIV/AIDS as well as renegotiating parental practices to promote greater parental authority, would be important interventions at a family level. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject FAMILY PARTICIPATION en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS PREVENTION en
dc.title Containment and contagion: how to strengthen families to support youth HIV prevention in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber SAIAAA en
dc.Volume 4(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2005/06 en
dc.ResearchGroup Child, Youth, Family and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle African Journal of AIDS Research en
dc.ArchiveNumber 3560 en
dc.PageNumber 57-63 en
dc.outputnumber 2008 en
dc.bibliographictitle Paruk, Z., Petersen, I., Bhana, A., Bell, C.C. & McKay, M. (2005) Containment and contagion: how to strengthen families to support youth HIV prevention in South Africa. <i>African Journal of AIDS Research</i>. 4(1):57-63. en
dc.publicationyear 2005 en
dc.contributor.author1 Paruk, Z. en
dc.contributor.author2 Petersen, I. en
dc.contributor.author3 Bhana, A. en
dc.contributor.author4 Bell, C.C. en
dc.contributor.author5 McKay, M. en


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