Examining the Stress Worlds of Chronically-Ill Grandmother Caregivers in The Valley of a Thousand Hills, KwaZulu-Natal


2.3 million children in South Africa have lost one or more parents to AIDS and related morbidities. As a result, there has been growing interest in the primary carers of these children, who are often middle-aged to elderly grandmothers. This seminar will explore the stress worlds of grandmother caregivers of AIDS-orphans in two peri-urban communities within the KwaZulu-Natal province. Findings focus on how grandmother caregivers experience and cope with the burden, strain, and stress of caregiving whilst managing their chronic health problems. This presentation is based on preliminary findings from Casimir’s doctoral research in the Valley of a Thousand Hills. This study uses an ethnographic approach rooted in narrative inquiry.

Presenter Biography:

Jessica Casimir is a doctoral candidate in the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida where she is pursuing her degree in Medical Sociology. She holds a BS and MS in Political Science and International Studies from Florida A&M University. Her research focuses on the lived experiences of chronically-ill grandmother caregivers, specifically the linkages between stress as a proxy for poor health outcomes among this population. Her fieldwork is funded by the National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellowship in the United States.



Tue, 04 Jun 2019 -
12:50 to 14:00

Room 4.29 Centre for Social Science Research Seminar room Leslie Social Science Building,Upper Campus

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