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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/283252
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Research Study
Title:
Grandparents' Experiences of Caregiving of Orphans in Botswana
Author(s):
Shaibu, Sheila
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Tau Lambda-at-Large
Author Details:
Sheila Shaibu, PhD, RN. shaibus@mopipi.ub.bw
Abstract:

Grandparents’ experiences of caregiving of orphans in Botswana Sheila Shaibu, RN., PhD. School of Nursing, University of Botswana, Botswana

Purpose: The purpose of the study was to identify the experiences of the grandparents who were taking care of orphan grandchildren in Botswana.

Background: Botswana has an HIV prevalence of 17.6% and an estimated 95000 orphans in a population of approximately two million people. Many of these orphans are cared for by their grandmothers. These grandmothers have over the years, witnessed their children die and taken over the care of the orphans. Yet, some of them are also in need of care.

Design: A descriptive qualitative design was used to interview 12 grandmothers aged 60 and above in a semi urban village in Botswana. Content analysis was used to analyze the data.

Findings: The ages of the grandmothers interviewed ranged from 60 to 80 years; the number of orphans under their care ranged from one to nine and averaged three. The themes that emerged included acceptance of the caregiver role, challenges of caregiving, social support and coping strategies. Although they accepted the caregiving role and appreciated the government assistance, it was fraught with difficulties. Most were unemployed and depended on the limited government pension and welfare support (which ended when their grandchildren reached 18 years). They reported very limited or no support from the extended family. Caring for HIV positive orphans also posed challenges of Anti retro viral therapy, stigma, disclosure and communication on sexuality, and in some instances teenage pregnancies of some of the orphans under their care.

Conclusion: In light of the challenges associated with this role, it is recommended that support for grandmothers should be comprehensive and include psychological support, health promotion and culturally sensitive HIV and AIDS programs.

Clinical Relevance: Grandparents are an important support system of orphans in Botswana as there are very few orphanages. In order to support them in this role, interventions aimed at the identified themes and biopsychosocial well-being of both older people and orphans need to be designed. 

Keywords:
grandparents,; HIV and AIDS; orphan care; Botswana
Repository Posting Date:
19-Apr-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Apr-2013
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Eta Chapter
Description:
Sigma Theta Tau International/Alpha Eta Collaborative Research Grant
Note:
The Sigma Theta Tau International grant application that funded this research, in whole or in part, was completed by the applicant and peer-reviewed prior to the award of the STTI grant. No further peer-review has taken place upon the completion of the STTI grant final report and its appearance in this repository.; This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryAbstracten
dc.typeResearch Studyen
dc.titleGrandparents' Experiences of Caregiving of Orphans in Botswanaen
dc.contributor.authorShaibu, Sheila-
dc.contributor.departmentTau Lambda-at-Largeen
dc.author.detailsSheila Shaibu, PhD, RN. shaibus@mopipi.ub.bwen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/283252-
dc.description.abstract<p><strong>Grandparents’ experiences of caregiving of orphans in Botswana</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Sheila Shaibu, RN., PhD. School of Nursing, University of Botswana, Botswana</strong></p> <p><strong>Purpose:</strong> The purpose of the study was to identify the experiences of the grandparents who were taking care of orphan grandchildren in Botswana.</p> <p><strong>Background:</strong> Botswana has an HIV prevalence of 17.6% and an estimated 95000 orphans in a population of approximately two million people. Many of these orphans are cared for by their grandmothers. These grandmothers have over the years, witnessed their children die and taken over the care of the orphans. Yet, some of them are also in need of care.</p> <p><strong>Design</strong>: A descriptive qualitative design was used to interview 12 grandmothers aged 60 and above in a semi urban village in Botswana. Content analysis was used to analyze the data.</p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> The ages of the grandmothers interviewed ranged from 60 to 80 years; the number of orphans under their care ranged from one to nine and averaged three. The themes that emerged included acceptance of the caregiver role, challenges of caregiving, social support and coping strategies. Although they accepted the caregiving role and appreciated the government assistance, it was fraught with difficulties. Most were unemployed and depended on the limited government pension and welfare support (which ended when their grandchildren reached 18 years). They reported very limited or no support from the extended family. Caring for HIV positive orphans also posed challenges of Anti retro viral therapy, stigma, disclosure and communication on sexuality, and in some instances teenage pregnancies of some of the orphans under their care.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion:</strong> In light of the challenges associated with this role, it is recommended that support for grandmothers should be comprehensive and include psychological support, health promotion and culturally sensitive HIV and AIDS programs.</p> <p><strong>Clinical Relevance</strong>: Grandparents are an important support system of orphans in Botswana as there are very few orphanages. In order to support them in this role, interventions aimed at the identified themes and biopsychosocial well-being of both older people and orphans need to be designed. </p>en_GB
dc.subjectgrandparents,en_GB
dc.subjectHIV and AIDSen_GB
dc.subjectorphan careen_GB
dc.subjectBotswanaen_GB
dc.date.available2013-04-19T14:15:04Z-
dc.date.issued2013-04-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-04-19T14:15:04Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Eta Chapteren
dc.descriptionSigma Theta Tau International/Alpha Eta Collaborative Research Granten_GB
dc.description.noteThe Sigma Theta Tau International grant application that funded this research, in whole or in part, was completed by the applicant and peer-reviewed prior to the award of the STTI grant. No further peer-review has taken place upon the completion of the STTI grant final report and its appearance in this repository.en
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item.-
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