Despite the decreasing number of HIV/AIDS deaths, there are still growing concerns about the increasing number of child-headed households caused by AIDS-related adult mortality, traffic accidents, divorce, and other circumstances. Based on data collected from focus groups over the period 2019-2020, this paper examined child-headed households and their vulnerabilities, like school dropout, economic, psychological, social, and coping mechanisms strategies to survive. Child-headed households are overlooked by society and policymakers despite the number of children living in this form of household significantly high. The paper addresses the need for attention for child-headed households and suggests policies and efficient strategies, and services.
Children, child family, child welfare, extended family, HIV, AIDS, childcare, Ethiopia
GIRUM M. ZELEKE, HERAN EJARA, ELENI GEBRESENBET HAILE, BIRUK TEREFE (2020). Child-Headed Household in Ethiopia - The Case of Addis Ababa City and Adama Town in Ethiopia. International Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. IX(2), pp. 99-118. , DOI: 10.20472/SS2020.9.2.006
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