ERIC Number: EJ1158755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Building Community One Child at a Time: A Grassroots Approach to Taking Young South Africans off the Streets
Polk, Denise M.
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v12 n3 p227-243 Nov 2017
Young South Africans face challenges in their attempts to rise out of the poverty and community violence surrounding them. These challenges might affect their sense of well-being. A thematic analysis based on semi-structured interviews from 18 field workers who work for a non-governmental organization focused on helping children in the Western Cape area return to school revealed several themes. These themes illustrate links between the young South Africans, their families, their schools, and their communities--and the struggles they face. Analysis also revealed that interpersonal processes may change perceptions about social support, the ability to enhance well-being, and create a sense of joint responsibility. These may contribute to Prilleltensky's wellness as fairness and point to the important role that communal coping may serve in helping South Africans rebuild their communities.
Descriptors: Poverty, Violence, Semi Structured Interviews, Foreign Countries, Correlation, Family School Relationship, Social Support Groups, Wellness, Coping, Community Development, Attitude Change, Social Justice, Interpersonal Relationship, Study Abroad, Undergraduate Students, Video Technology, Resilience (Psychology), Dropouts, Reentry Students, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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