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Single parenting effects: resource access and coping of children in Swaziland

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 24, issue 6, 2014 , pages: 504–508
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2014.997040
Author(s): S'lungile K. ThwalaEducational Foundations Department,, Kayi NtindaEducational Foundations Department,, Ntombifuthi MabuzaEducational Foundations Department,


This study investigated single parenting influences on the psychosocial development of children in Swaziland. Participants were a convenience sample of 24 students attending eight urban and rural schools (females = 54%; males =46%; age range 13–21). Data on experiences of single parenthood and their sense of well-being were collected using focus group interviews. The data were thematically analysed. The findings suggest that children experience physical, material, emotional and social resource depletions. The children reported acceptance, search for meaning and purpose, and hope in the future as positive coping strategies they used to live with resource scarcity. Psychosocial resourcing of children with single parenthood is concomitant with positive self-perception, self-identity and self-esteem.

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