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The Social Value of Lobola: Perceptions of South African College Students

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 22, issue 1, 2012 , pages: 143–145
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2012.10874533
Author(s): Dorcas M. KhomariUniversity of Limpopo, South Africa, Cebile TebeleUniversity of South Africa,, Kathryn NelUniversity of Limpopo, South Africa


The present study reports on the social value of lobola (dowry payment) as perceived by a convenience sample of college students (N = 30; females = 60%; males = 40%) attending a majority Black university. Qualitative data were collected from the students on aspects of the sociocultural significance of lobola in the context of changing cultural norms. The results suggest that the students held positive attitudes towards the institution of lobola. Some perceived the practice of lobola to place women at risk for abuse by males and families

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