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Self-management guidelines for youth who have lost a family provider through HIV/AIDS

Siphesihle D. Hlophe
Karien Jooste


Background: When parents die from HIV/AIDS-related causes, children often experience emotional instability and are given additional  obligations, such as caring for siblings. Youths may react in a variety of ways, including increasing alcohol consumption, and their relationships with their siblings may be altered positively or negatively.

Aim: The purpose of this article is to examine the lived  experiences of youths in managing themselves after losing a family member to HIV/AIDS and suggest developed guidelines for nurses to  advise youths on self-management after losing a family member to HIV/AIDS.

Setting: Khayelitsha, Western Cape province, South  Africa.

Method: A descriptive phenomenological design for this study was followed. The researcher conducted 11 semi-structured  interviews with participants. The study was conducted with participants that were youth aged between 18 and 25 years.

Results: The  study revealed that the death of a family provider can be difficult for the youth left behind to deal with the changes in their daily lives.

Conclusion: The findings demonstrated that the death of a family member has a significant impact on the family. One of the more senior  family members must assume charge and remain strong to help their siblings focus on the future. The death of a family member  might result in a cascade of forced changes that necessitate new behaviours to maintain stability.

Contribution: This study’s context- based data focuses on how the Community Health Centre (CHC) may assist young people in managing themselves after a family provider  has died from HIV/AIDS, using the developed guidelines. 

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eISSN: 2071-9736
print ISSN: 1025-9848