Older Poor Parents who Lost an Adult Child to AIDS in Togo, West Africa: A Qualitative Study

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Article on a qualitative study exploring older poor parents who lost an adult child to AIDS in Togo, West Africa.

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Moore, Ami R. January 2007.

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Article on a qualitative study exploring older poor parents who lost an adult child to AIDS in Togo, West Africa.

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Abstract: This study analyzes the difficulties that poor parents faced when they lost an adult child to AIDS in Togo. The death of a child is believed to be more distressful to parents compared to the death of a spouse. Evidence also suggests that parental grief is more lasting and may be the most complicated form of grief. Furthermore, the roles played by the deceased child in the lives of the parents also affect the parental grieving process. For instance, in low income regions where parents tend to be socio-economically challenged and where filial obligations are culturally expected, losing an adult child who provided material and financial assistance to parents will be more disastrous. Four kinds of difficulties were identified: financial and social difficulty, psychological difficulty, caregiving difficulty, and disclosure difficulty. The socioeconomic status of the parents made these issues all the more taxing, as respondents were grieving not only the loss of their children to AIDS but also the loss of financial providers. Policy implications of the findings are discussed.

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  • OMEGA--Journal of Death and Dying, 2007, Amityville: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc., pp. 289-304

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  • Publication Title: OMEGA--Journal of Death and Dying
  • Volume: 56
  • Issue: 3
  • Page Start: 289
  • Page End: 304
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Moore, Ami R. Older Poor Parents who Lost an Adult Child to AIDS in Togo, West Africa: A Qualitative Study, article, January 2007; [Amityville, New York]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc274980/: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.