Household shocks and coping strategies in rural and peri-urban South Africa: Baseline data from the size study in kwazulu-natal, South Africa

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The incidence and impact of a range of household shocks are investigated in a survey of households with children in 24 communities in peri-urban and rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The results highlight the importance of health shocks among households in a high HIV prevalence context. Economic shocks, in particular unexpected price increments for basic necessities, are widely reported and shown to have moderate to severe self-rated impacts with possible long-term cumulative, community-wide effects. Behaviour-based coping responses were the most common, especially reduced consumption and spending, which has the potential for negative impacts on the health developmental and well-being of children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-233
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of International Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Coping
  • Household
  • Peri-urban
  • Rural
  • Shocks
  • South Africa
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development

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