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impoverished communities around Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (involving a total of 22 children from a childheaded households and 41 from an adult-headed households). Fourteen child-participatory, quantitative and/or qualitative measures were investigated over six indicative themes. Differences between the child-headed and adultheaded households were statistically or thematically analysed as appropriate to the data collected. Specific areas of vulnerability in the former households were access to institutional/social services, income (cash or kind) and resource generation, unresolved grief, lack of attainable long-term goals, poor self-worth, and poor internal locus of control. Specific strengths of children in those households were demonstrated in social networking, time and money management, and family interactions.
Keywords: Africa; child's point of view; HIV/AIDS; intervention; orphans; poverty
African Journal of AIDS Research 2005, 4(1): 21–28