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The dynamics of household dissolution and change in socio-economic position: a survival model in a rural South Africa
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health. MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa ; INDEPTH Network, Accra, Ghana.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health. MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa ; INDEPTH Network, Accra, Ghana.
2014 (English)In: Development Southern Africa, ISSN 0376-835X, E-ISSN 1470-3637, Vol. 31, no 6, 775-795 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper investigates household dissolution and changes in asset wealth (socio-economic position) in a rural South African community containing settled refugees. Survival analysis applied to a longitudinal dataset indicated that the covariates increasing the risk of forced household dissolution were a reduction in socio-economic position (asset wealth), adult deaths and the permanent outmigration of more than 40% of the household. Conversely, the risk of dissolution was reduced by bigger households, state grants and older household heads. Significant spatial clusters of former refugee villages also showed a higher risk of dissolution after 20 years of permanent residence. A discussion of the dynamics of dissolution showed how an outflow/inflow of household assets (socio-economic position) was precipitated by each of the selected covariates. The paper shows how an understanding of the dynamics of forced household dissolution, combined with the use of geo-spatial mapping, can inform interdisciplinary policy in a rural community.

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Routledge, 2014. Vol. 31, no 6, 775-795 p.
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household dissolution, rural
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-95298DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2014.951991ISI: 000342301800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-95298DiVA: diva2:758411
Available from: 2014-10-27 Created: 2014-10-27 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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