REFLECTIONS OF ADULT CHILDREN RAISED IN FEMALE-HEADED FAMILIES

Keywords: adult children, female headed families, mothers, perseverance, resilience, survival strategies

Abstract

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

Author Biographies

Winnie Keatlegile Mabelane, UNISA
Departmet of Social Work
Mankwane Daisy Makofane, UNISA
Department of Social Work
Nathaniel Phuti Kgadima, UNISA
Departmet of Social Work
Published
2019-07-15
How to Cite
Mabelane, W. K., Makofane, M. D., & Kgadima, N. P. (2019). REFLECTIONS OF ADULT CHILDREN RAISED IN FEMALE-HEADED FAMILIES. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 55(2), 158. https://doi.org/10.15270/55-2-713
Section
Articles