Socioeconomic differentials between HIV caregivers and noncaregivers: is there a selection effect? A case of older people living in Nairobi City


Chepngeno-Langat, Gloria, Falkingham, Jane, Madise, Nyovani J. and Evandrou, Maria (2009) Socioeconomic differentials between HIV caregivers and noncaregivers: is there a selection effect? A case of older people living in Nairobi City. Research on Ageing, 32, (1), 67-96. (doi:10.1177/0164027509348116).

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This article seeks to investigate the association between caregiving to someone with an HIV-related illness and the socioeconomic status of the caregiver using a population-based survey of 1,587 older people living in Nairobi slums. Findings indicate significant differences in living arrangements, wealth, income, and expenditure between HIV caregivers and noncaregivers. HIV caregivers lived in larger households and were also more likely to live in households with a large number of children younger than the age of 15 years. Whereas a high proportion of HIV caregivers were ranked highly in terms of wealth status, differences in per capita income and expenditure were not significant when household size and other confounders were accounted for. The financial costs associated with caring for someone with a chronic illness and the reliance on family members with financial ability for material support, a common feature of African extended family systems, may account for the relative economic advantage of HIV caregivers

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0164-0275 (print)
Keywords: hiv/aids, caregiving, older people, sub-saharan africa, urbanization, economic well-being
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
ePrint ID: 71058
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2010
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2014 10:18
Research Funder: ESRC
Projects:
Centre for Population Change: Understanding Population Change in the 21st Century
Funded by: ESRC (RES-625-28-0001)
Led by: Jane Cecelia Falkingham
1 January 2009 to 31 December 2013
Contact Email Address: tete@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/71058

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