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The effects of divorce in a South African community with specific reference to Esikhawini in KwaZulu-Natal

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dc.contributor.advisor Glass, H.G.L.
dc.contributor.author Ernest, Michael Zakhele
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-15T10:41:11Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-15T10:41:11Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.other 310249
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/183
dc.description Submitted if fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Sociology at the University of Zululand, 2003. en_US
dc.description.abstract The sole purpose of this research is to determine the effects of divorce in a South African Community with specific reference to Esikhawini Area in Kwazulu-Natal. The effect that divorce has on both parents and children is that, it is fearful and insecure with loyalty conflicts. In South Africa however the high divorce rate has just escalated greatly and this has an effect on government funds because the government is supposed to control the family structure and a fixed budget for children support services for the abandoned children or unemployed mothers. Furthermore there is a great need for counselling services for children at Esikhawini since, there are problems of juvenile delinquency, deviant behavior and school drop outs. Our country's divorce rate is an indication of the quality of our family life. Social workers and psychologists provide the divorce court with the back ground information or reports especially where there are children involved. Children of divorced parents show an increase in dependancy over time and exhibited less sustained play then children of intact families. Children need emotional, physical, moral and financial support which are usually provided by the different organizations for example church, helpful community members and welfare agencies from the government. The state has an obligation to support divorced parents and abandoned children by introducing the divorce therapy programmes in order to reduce hatred, anger and depression to those who are affected. Welfare agencies and day care centers are available in Esikhawini Department of Welfare and pension. The researcher has consulted the records at Ongoye Magistrate's Institutions such as those of social workers, maintenance court and find out that there is a huge number of divorce cases reported to them by the victims of divorce. The study explores and describes the effects of divorce with reference to Esikhawini area of Empangeni. It also explores if children are informed about the pending divorce as well as arrangements made concerning the visits by parents who loose the custody of the children. Counselling should not be omitted per - se in due to the fact that it plays a significant role in the building up of the individuals self esteem or helplessness. The population under study is caught between the traditional and the modem standard of living because of social changes. The first chapter, which is mainly introductory serves as an eye-opener for the thesis. The researcher succinctly shows in that chapter, that the effects of divorce might affect the child's academic performance and so many other aspects of life. The researcher continues to state what motivated him to carry out the study. A statement of the problem, the historical background of the place under study, the aims and objectives of the stud}', die hypothesis. the methodology are outlined. Chapter two presents the scholarship review of the study. Chapter three focuses on the methods that was used to obtain results from the respondents. In the same manner, chapter four focuses on the interpretation of data obtained after the respondents had answered the questionnaires. Chapter five gives the recommendations and also a brief conclusion that sums up the argument of the thesis. This study has explained and described divorce as an act which affects the lower and higher socio-economic residents of Esikhawini. The study also came up with the assumption that divorce occurs more to couples staying with the extended family than to couples staying alone and this assumption was tested and confirmed by the study. The conclusion also sums up the findings of the study that this population lives the modern style of life. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Divorce--South Africa--Esikhawini en_US
dc.subject Children of divorced parents--Family relationships--South Africa --Esikhawini en_US
dc.subject Divorced parents--Family relationships--South Africa--Esikhawini en_US
dc.subject Children of divorced parents--Counseling of--South Africa --Esikhawini en_US
dc.subject Divorced parents--Counseling of--South Africa--Esikhawini en_US
dc.title The effects of divorce in a South African community with specific reference to Esikhawini in KwaZulu-Natal en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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