Grandparents and HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

Akpovire Oduaran and Choja Oduaran

in Ageing and intergenerational relations

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781847422057
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301424 | DOI:
Grandparents and HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

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This chapter focuses on the analysis of the role of grandparents in ageing Sub-Saharan Africa. It observes that Africa is beginning to re-discover and apply what had worked in the past in terms of building tacit intergenerational relationships in an era of globalisation. It focuses on emerging patterns of distorted family relations and their coping strategies with the ‘missing generation’ in the middle as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It focuses mainly on introducing new trends in grandparenting, while the pandemic is decimating the region's human capital.

Keywords: grandparents; Sub-Saharan Africa; intergenerational relationships; globalisation; family relations; coping strategies; missing generation; AIDS epidemic; human capital

Chapter.  7226 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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