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Child and young adult-headed households in the context of the AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe, 1988–26



Child and young adult-headed households in the context of the AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe, 1988–26



AIDS Care 24(10): 1211-1218



The emergence of child-headed households (CHH) is considered an indicator of the erosion of the traditional safety nets in sub-Saharan African countries and a direct consequence of the increasing number of orphans in the region. Using four available waves of the Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Surveys (1988, 1994, 1999, 25/26), we find that the proportion of households with no adults remained stable in the last years, although the number of orphans increased significantly. In fact, a large number of children living in CHH are nonorphans, which suggests that this kind of living arrangement is not always a direct consequence of parental death. Moreover, our analysis shows that children living in CHH and young adult households are less likely to have unmet basic needs than children in households headed by working-age adults and in other vulnerable households.

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PMID: 22428777

DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2012.661839


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