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Growing up with violent fathers: conversations with daughters

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dc.contributor.advisor Kruger, D. J. (Mr.)
dc.contributor.author Mtetwa, Thandazile Grace Nokukhanya
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-14T11:43:38Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-14T11:43:38Z
dc.date.issued 2010-11
dc.identifier.citation Mtetwa, Thandazile Grace Nokukhanya (2010) Growing up with violent fathers: conversations with daughters, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4759> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4759
dc.description.abstract The effects of having witnessed their fathers’ violent behaviour impacts on daughters for a long period afterwards, even in adulthood. This study explores this phenomenon by means of literature review and interviews. The literature indicates that the effects of paternal violence is linked to forced maturity, secrecy, pretending, self-blame, and negative impact on the daughter’s relationships with both parents. A narrative approach was used to interview three adult participants. The conversations were analysed using thematic analysis and hermeneutics. Themes that emerged include avoidance, ambivalence towards the parents, aggression, assertiveness, and over-responsibility. There is a tendency to avoid intense, emotionally-laden, ambiguous and unpredictable situations through the use of interpersonal vigilance, an emotionally strong poise, distancing, being agreeable and devoutness. Also, there is a fear of becoming just like their abusive father. The psychological impact of being witness to a father’s violent behaviours has long-lasting effects on daughters. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (ix, 117 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Adult daughters en
dc.subject Avoidance en
dc.subject Child abuse and neglect en
dc.subject Coping en
dc.subject Developmental impact en
dc.subject Hyper-vigilance en
dc.subject Interpersonal styles en
dc.subject Narratives en
dc.subject Paternal violence en
dc.subject Witnessing violence en
dc.subject.ddc 362.8292
dc.subject.lcsh Victims of family violence -- Counseling of
dc.subject.lcsh Children and violence -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Family violence -- Psychological aspects
dc.title Growing up with violent fathers: conversations with daughters en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Psychology
dc.description.degree M.A. (Clinical Psychology)


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