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Family functioning and life satisfaction and happiness in South African households

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dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-01 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T13:38:26Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T13:38:26Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09-01 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11182
dc.description.abstract Families form an integral part of society and in fostering individual well-being. Despite the acknowledged importance of family, the association between family functioning and individual well-being outcomes have remained unexplored in the current body of knowledge. This paper explores the association between family functioning and reported levels of life satisfaction and happiness in South Africa. The paper employs the Family Attachment and Changeability Index (FACI8) to measure family functioning, using data from the 2011 South African Social Attitudes Survey. Four measures of family functioning are utilised, namely the aggregate FACI8 scale, the attachment and changeability subscales, and family functioning type. Improvements in the level of family functioning as well as in the levels of attachment and changeability are positively associated with life satisfaction and happiness. In addition, individuals living in midrange or balanced family functioning types are more satisfied with life and happier compared to persons living in extremely or moderately dysfunctional families. The findings highlight the importance of supportive intra-family dynamics in fostering greater individual well-being. This in turn places emphasis on the investigation of likely correlates of family functioning and impact evaluations of family-focused social work interventions' impact on family functioning as areas for future research. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject HAPPINESS en
dc.subject FAMILY WELL-BEING en
dc.title Family functioning and life satisfaction and happiness in South African households en
dc.type Journal articles - non-HSRC staff en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TAAMAA en
dc.Volume 119 en
dc.BudgetYear 2014/15 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Social Indicators Research en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9909 en
dc.PageNumber 163-182 en
dc.outputnumber 8818 en
dc.bibliographictitle Botha, F. & Booysen, F. (2014) Family functioning and life satisfaction and happiness in South African households. <i>Social Indicators Research</i>. 119:163-182. en
dc.publicationyear 2014 en
dc.contributor.author1 Botha, F. en
dc.contributor.author2 Booysen, F. en

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