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Resilience in bereaved Zulu families

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dc.contributor.advisor Edwards, S.D.
dc.contributor.advisor Thwala, J.D.
dc.contributor.author Mbizana, Clifford
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-16T07:47:04Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-16T07:47:04Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/146
dc.description A dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the degree of Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at the University of Zululand, 2007. en_US
dc.description.abstract This study investigated resilience factors in thirty bereaved Zulu families who lost a family member between one and four years prior to the study. The researcher used self-report questionnaires to access an array of information that could not be accessed through direct observations. In each family, one adolescent (n=30) and one parent (n=30) were interviewed. A standardized questionnaire gathered information regarding family composition, employment, level of education, income, age and gender of the respondent's nuclear family members. This questionnaire included an open-ended question which requested the respondents' opinion on which factors or strengths they believed helped their family through the stressful period. In addition to the use of the questionnaire, a focus group contextualized the following concepts; family, crisis and resilience. The key coping strategies used by individuals, spouses, parents and siblings were seeking help from the relatives and community members; resistant personality traits or inner strengths; spiritual support from the church and for others, ancestral belief. However, there is still a need for more research on resilience in bereaved Zulu families; promotion of peer and professional support as well as for a refinement or adaptation of the measuring instruments that were herein used. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation; and Stellenboch University en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Bereaved families en_US
dc.title Resilience in bereaved Zulu families en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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