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Parenting From Afar and the Reconfiguration of Family Across Distance$
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Maria Rosario T. de Guzman, Jill Brown, and Carolyn Pope Edwards

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190265076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190265076.001.0001

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Children as Providers and Recipients of Support

Children as Providers and Recipients of Support

Redefining Family Among Child-Headed Households in Namibia

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(p.219) 10 Children as Providers and Recipients of Support
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Parenting From Afar and the Reconfiguration of Family Across Distance
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Mónica Ruiz-Casares

Shelene Gentz

Jesse Beatson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190265076.003.0011

Processes associated with the formation of child-headed households (CHH) are complex. Findings are mixed with regard to the impact of living in CHHs on children. On the one hand, children in CHHs do not necessarily have more unmet basic needs than do peers in adult-headed households and, in fact, have more opportunities to develop self-esteem and care for others. Nonetheless, children in CHHs confront specific challenges to their well-being. This chapter summarizes the state of the literature pertaining to CHHs, with a particular focus on CHHs as indicators of “the breakdown of the extended family” as a safety net. The authors present two case studies from Namibia that illustrate changes in children’s relationships and other aspects of the CHH experience and explore immediate and deferred reciprocity as a measure of accessibility and strength of their relationships and as an indicator of the changing status of children and family dynamics.

Keywords:   Namibia, child-headed households, parenting from afar, AIDS/HIV, youth-headed household

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