Exploring The Resilience Of Widows Who Lost Their Partners To HIV. A Case Study Of 6 Widows In Suki Neigbhorhood In Addis Ababa

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Addis Ababa University


This case study attempted to explore the resilience of six widows living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The study mainly focused on exploring the experience and adaptive strength of participants during transition to widowhood and nature of environmental factors that have positive impact to the resilience of the participants of the study. The data was obtained from in-depth interviews with the six widows, who are identified through purposive sampling from an organization named Society for international ministries community support project. The study reveals that individual disposition and external social support play the major role for positive adjustment of widows. The role of family is found to be unhelpful in coping process of the study participants. Apart from the different supports physical presence is found to be supportive for positive adjustment. The study also pointed out social network at list the role of one influential person is marked as major factor for early coping of a widow. Finally, this study forwards implications to social work practice and for further researches



Social Work