Personal and Social Resourcing of Everyday Health and Wellbeing among Zimbabwean Grandparents in Carer Roles

By Magen Mhaka-Mutepfa, Cynthia Hunter, Elias Mpofu and Robert Cumming.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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This study sought to explore from a lived experience perspective the personal and social resources of grandparent carers of orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe, a high HIV pandemic country. Participants were thirty-one grandparents (mean age = 65.7; SD = 10.7 years), thirteen (42%) of whom resided in rural areas. Data on caregivers’ lived experiences were collected from grandparents using in-depth interviews. Thematic analysis revealed that personal resources of feelings towards care-giving, resilient coping strategies, spirituality, and satisfaction with carer roles were important to the carers’ lived everyday health and wellbeing. Significant social resources for the carers included their family and community networks for child support. The personal and social resourcing interact to influence lived health and wellbeing.

Keywords: Resilience, Health, Wellbeing, Resources, Personal, Social

The International Journal of Aging and Society, Volume 6, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.51-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 23, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 712.876KB)).

Dr Magen Mhaka-Mutepfa

Teaching Assistant, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Dr Cynthia Hunter

anthropologist, School of Public health, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Elias Mpofu

Head of department, Rehabilitation, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Robert Cumming

epidemiologist, School of Public Health, Sydney, NSW, Australia