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Community Reaction to Older-Age Parental AIDS Caregivers and Their Families: Evidence from Cambodia Image

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Community Reaction to Older-Age Parental AIDS Caregivers and Their Families: Evidence from Cambodia

Community Reaction to Older-Age Parental AIDS Caregivers and Their Families: Evidence from Cambodia

Summary

This paper examines community reaction in Cambodia to families from the perspective of parents of adults who died of AIDS or persons with HIV/AIDS (PWHA). Survey evidence and open-ended interviews reveal a mixture of reactions related to social relations, interactions with local officials, gossip, business patronage, funeral participation, and orphaned grandchildren.

The sections on the reported impact of having a adult child with HIV/AIDS on their parents' business, and the section on orphaned grandchildren are of special note for CYES practitioners. Declines in business can impact grandparents' ability to care for their orphaned grandchildren. However, this study indicates that there are also positive community reactions that reduce some of the economic demands of caring for grandchildren.



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