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The socially isolated child at school

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dc.contributor.advisor Bester, Garfield Budhal, Richi 2015-01-23T04:24:18Z 2015-01-23T04:24:18Z 1998-11
dc.identifier.citation Budhal, Richi (1998) The socially isolated child at school, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The phenomenon of social isolation among school children in most instances goes unnoticed by both teachers and parents and this oversight could have serious negative restraints on the socially isolated child's cognitive, affective, moral, personality and social development. Social isolation can be caused either through being rejected or neglected by the peer group. This study was carried out among primary and secondary school learners to detei:,mine the extent to which these children are socially isolated; and to identify factors contributing to learners' social isolation. The aim of the study is to provide teachers and parents with a foundation and rationale for effective intervention. A literature study was done to identify the factors influencing social isolation. Some of the factors identified were: social competence, self-esteem, psychological well-being, intelligence, academic achievement, moral values, physical disability, sports participation, self-perceived physical attractiveness, self-perceived physical disability, marital status of parents, parental supervision, parental acceptance, parental autonomy granting and parental conflict. All aspects of development (namely, physical, cognitive, affective, personality, moral and social) were studied in relation to the phenomenon of social isolation. By means of an empirical investigation, it was found after a regression analysis that self-esteem, obedience and social competence accounted for most of the variance in social isolation for primary school learners and in the case of secondary school learners, social competence, family supervision and self-esteem. The two most common factors were social competence and selfesteem. From the empirical findings it was also noted that learners' home language and grade were also associated with social isolation. The educational implications of the findings of the literature and the empirical study are discussed and guidelines given to assist teachers and parents to identify and eliminate the factors contributing to the development of isolation among school learners. If both parents and teachers take cognisance of these recommendations and try to implement them, it should help children in their self-actualisation and facilitate their attainment of adulthood with the least developmental restraints. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xviii, 247 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Social isolation en
dc.subject Peer rejection en
dc.subject Peer neglect en
dc.subject Primary school learners en
dc.subject Secondary school learners en
dc.subject Physical development en
dc.subject Cognitive development en
dc.subject Affective development en
dc.subject Moral development en
dc.subject Personality development en
dc.subject Prevention and treatment of social isolation en
dc.subject.ddc 371.46 en
dc.subject.lcsh Social interaction in children en
dc.subject.lcsh Interpersonal relations in children en
dc.subject.lcsh Social isolation en
dc.subject.lcsh Child development en
dc.subject.lcsh Social skills en
dc.subject.lcsh Self-esteem in children en
dc.subject.lcsh Rejection (Psychology) in children en
dc.subject.lcsh Autonomy in children -- Social aspects en
dc.title The socially isolated child at school en
dc.type Thesis
dc.description.department Psychology of Education D. Ed. (Psychology of Education)

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