A RESILIENCE LENS ON HOMELESS OLDER PERSONS IN THE CITY OF TSHWANE: AN ILLUMINATION THROUGH PHOTOVOICE

  • Leoné Jacobs Department of Social Work and Criminology
  • Stephan Geyer University of Pretoria
Keywords: City of Tshwane, gerontological social services, homeless, late-life homelessness, older persons, photovoice, resilience

Abstract

This qualitative study explores and describes the resilience of homeless older persons in the City of Tshwane, South Africa. Eleven participants, recruited purposively, participated in photovoice activities supplemented with semi-structured interviews. Data were analysed through reflexive thematic analysis and trustworthiness was ensured. Findings indicate that conflict, abuse, family disappointment, unemployment, mental health challenges, declining mobility, isolation and a lack of access to services are risk factors hindering resilience. Religion, support and socialisation, amongst other things, are identified as protective factors enabling resilience. Recommendations for resilience-informed biopsychosocial gerontological social services to homeless older persons are offered to navigate towards better-than-expected outcomes.

Author Biographies

Leoné Jacobs, Department of Social Work and Criminology
 Postgraduate student at the Department of Social Work and Criminology, University of Pretoria
Stephan Geyer, University of Pretoria
Department of Social Work and Criminology, University of Pretoria
Published
2022-11-30
How to Cite
Jacobs, L., & Geyer, S. (2022). A RESILIENCE LENS ON HOMELESS OLDER PERSONS IN THE CITY OF TSHWANE: AN ILLUMINATION THROUGH PHOTOVOICE. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 58(4), 394-418. https://doi.org/10.15270/58-4-1073
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Articles