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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 6/2012

01-12-2012 | Original Paper

Disempowerment and Psychological Distress in the Lives of Young People in Eastern Cape, South Africa

Auteurs: Mzikazi Nduna, Rachel Jewkes

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 6/2012

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Abstract

A qualitative study was conducted in Butterworth, in the rural Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, to explore sources of distress for young people. Semi-structured, individual in-depth interviews were conducted with 16 men and 24 women aged 16–22 years. The findings revealed interconnections between structural factors such as death, poverty, unemployment and gender injustices to cause distress. Negative home dynamics such as disinheritance, financial hardships, undisclosed paternal identity, substance abuse, child abuse and unpredictable informal adoption circumstances were worries of the participants. Worries over their inability to complete school dominated the narratives of orphaned participants. Lack of communication and consultation within families on important matters contributed to distress. Distress related to sexual relationships, such as infidelity, an unacknowledged pregnancy, intimate partner violence, transactional sex and sexual orientation were evident only in women’s narratives. Strengthening of families, improving financial security, extension of social grants and no-fee school policies are needed to alleviate distress in young people in this area. These findings are a call for the monitoring of policy delivery imperatives for child protection.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Disempowerment and Psychological Distress in the Lives of Young People in Eastern Cape, South Africa
Auteurs
Mzikazi Nduna
Rachel Jewkes
Publicatiedatum
01-12-2012
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 6/2012
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-011-9564-y