Enhancing protective factors in South African adolescents affected by HIV/AIDS

Asamenew Demessie Bireda, Jace Pillay

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This article explores the lived experiences of early adolescents orphaned by HIV/AIDS and seeks to identify the different factors that contribute to resilience at the individual, family or home and larger community levels. Ten early adolescents aged from 12 to 14 years living in Soweto, South Africa, participated in the study. Data were collected using photovoice, structured interviews and autobiographical essays and were analysed using thematic networks analysis. The analysis revealed individual assets, family variables, peer and teacher support alongside other community resources as being protective factors that cultivate resilience. Based on the findings, recommendations are made on how to increase protective factors for adolescents affected by HIV/AIDS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-194
Number of pages12
JournalVulnerable Children and Youth Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018


  • AIDS
  • Adolescents
  • South Africa
  • protective factors
  • resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health (social science)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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