n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - The impact of HIV / AIDS on rural South African families

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



This article describes a study undertaken in South Africa which attempted to determine the impact of AIDS on the family. The research investigated family dysfunction, focusing on core family functions. Real-life stories (narratives) concerning three families in the North West Province, who had lost members of their families to HIV / AIDS, are described. The article concludes by highlighting the challenges schools face to support families affected by HIV / AIDS. The study also provides recommendations and guidelines for teachers.

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