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Family in a changing South Africa: structures, functions and the welfare of members

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dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-21 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T13:51:16Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T13:51:16Z
dc.date.issued 2017-07-21 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11045
dc.description.abstract The historical review of South African families reveals that the family has undergone significant transformations, resulting in a mosaic of family formations that have had an impact on family functions. Notwithstanding the importance of the family being one of the fundamental social units, however, there is limited data on how these families function in South Africa. This article analyses the change in family structures and community members' perspectives about how these structures and living arrangements of members contribute to family functioning and wellbeing of members, with a specific focus on Mpumalanga, South Africa. Literature searches, quantitative analyses of the 2002 and 2009 General Household Survey, and qualitative analysis obtained through focus group discussions and in-depth interviews were used. The results confirmed that there is a disaggregation of families with young adults being heads of smaller families, while ageing parents are in charge of large multi-generational families. The role of the extended family has been diminished, and new forms of support such as churches and neighbours' networks have become more important. The critical role of inter-generational care was confirmed and also the disjuncture between generations attributed to erosion of family norms and values. The results of the study emphasised the importance of attending to a simultaneous and comprehensive family policy that addresses psychosocial and material support, when assessing family wellbeing. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject QUALITY OF LIFE en
dc.subject FAMILY WELL-BEING en
dc.title Family in a changing South Africa: structures, functions and the welfare of members en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 48(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2017/18 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle South African Review of Sociology en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9841 en
dc.PageNumber 49-69 en
dc.outputnumber 8749 en
dc.bibliographictitle Makiwane, M., Gumede, N.A., Makoae, M. & Vawda, M. (2017) Family in a changing South Africa: structures, functions and the welfare of members. <i>South African Review of Sociology</i>. 48(2):49-69. en
dc.publicationyear 2017 en
dc.contributor.author1 Makiwane, M. en
dc.contributor.author2 Gumede, N.A. en
dc.contributor.author3 Makoae, M. en
dc.contributor.author4 Vawda, M. en

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