ERIC Number: ED376974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Strengths and Weaknesses in the Family Life of Black South Africans.
This study examined the quality and characteristics of black families in South Africa. The research focused on three areas: values and norms regarding marriage and family life, the deterioration of traditional and parental authority, and parenting skills. The fieldwork was done during the years 1988-1990 and consisted mostly of group interviews and group discussions with over 300 respondents across 3 generations; all interviews were taped and subsequently analyzed. A qualitative research design was employed to collect, organize, and interpret the research data. Data were analyzed according to a descriptive approach providing for the individual experiences and views of black South Africans regarding their family life. The main strengths of the family as revealed by the group interviews and discussions appeared to be the enduring belief in the family as an institution, and in its resilience under adverse circumstances. The most serious weaknesses found were the decline of parental and adult authority coupled with debilitating structural problems. The latter include the physical absence of parents or caregivers, often for long periods of time. The recommendations derived from the results concentrate on ways and means to maintain or achieve a close bond between caregivers and youth. (Contains 51 references.) (Author/AS)
Descriptors: Black Family, Family Caregivers, Family Environment, Family Life, Family Problems, Family Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit), Foreign Countries, Group Unity, Marriage, Norms, Obedience, Parent Child Relationship, Parenting Skills, Parents, Power Structure, Social Values
Co-operative Research Programme on Marriage and Family Life, Human Services Research Council, Private Bag X41, Pretoria 0001, South Africa.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria (South Africa).
Identifiers - Location: South Africa