Original Articles

Lived Experiences of Informal Settlers in Peri-Urban Districts in Zimbabwe

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 21, issue 2, 2011 , pages: 297–299
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2011.10820459
Author(s): Excellent ChiresheGreat Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe, Takupiwa NyangaGreat Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe, John S. MapfumoAfrica University, Zimbabwe, Regis ChiresheUniversity of South Africa,

Abstract

The study explored the lived experiences of informal settlers in two peri-urban cities of Zimbabwe (n=53, males=19, females=34; Age range 18 to 76 years). The settlers self-reported on aspects of wellbeing, including perceived neighborliness of habitats. Data were thematically analyzed. The informal settlers felt insecure, psychologically stressed and socially marginalized. Some reported being optimistic about the future and their life chances in general.

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