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Social Work

versão On-line ISSN 2312-7198
versão impressa ISSN 0037-8054


MABELANE, Winnie K.; MAKOFANE, Mankwane DM  e  KGADIMA, Nathaniel P.. Reflections of Adult Children Raised in Female-Headed Families. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2019, vol.55, n.2, pp.156-237. ISSN 2312-7198.

The literature indicates that children growing up in female-headed families are at risk of experiencing social problems, lower academic achievement and delinquent behaviour. A qualitative exploratory-descriptive study was conducted to gain insight into the perspectives of adult children who grew up in female-headed families. Purposive and snowball sampling were utilised to recruit suitable participants. Data from 12 participants aged between 25 and 35 years revealed the strengths of these families, which are often overlooked and downplayed. The findings show that the participants developed independence and self-reliance emanating from their mothers' survival strategies, resilience and perseverance.

Palavras-chave : adult children; female headed families; mothers; perseverance; resilience; survival strategies.

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