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Exploring family resilience amongst South African social work client families

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dc.contributor.advisor Van der Delft, W.F. (Prof.) Moss, Susara Maria 2010-07-02T09:19:04Z 2010-07-02T09:19:04Z 2010-03
dc.identifier.citation Moss, Susara Maria (2010) Exploring family resilience amongst South African social work client families, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Family resilience is the ability of a family to rebound from adversities, often stronger than before. To be knowledgeable on the characteristics and processes that render individuals and their families resilient, contribute to family well-being. Using a qualitative research approach and an interview guide, the researcher focused on developing a better understanding of the manifestation of family resilience as part of a family’s ability to adapt to changing circumstances and life in its dynamic form. Family resilience as an interactive process over time, normalizes resilience as part of the day to day living of the family and its members, including the young and the old. The domains of family resilience are, organizational patterns, adaptability, protective processes (including family risks, family strengths and protective/buffering factors), communication processes and family belief systems that, in synergy with one another, render families resilient. The research results confirmed the presence of characteristics and processes of family resilience amongst social work client families in South Africa. Depending on the challenges families my face, all families are either more resilient or less resilient. The latter most often needing additional support, such as social work intervention. South African policies should be family-focused and urge for a strengths-based approach towards enhancing family resilience and ultimately family well-being. Service providers need to give recognition to the fact that all families have challenges that need to be faced, but that families also have strengths to be drawn-upon to address and overcome these challenges. This implies that social work interventions that impact on the lives of families, should be rendered from a family resilience perspective and strengths-based approach, with the family as focal point for service delivery. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiv, 190, 69 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Individual resilience en
dc.subject Family resilience en
dc.subject Family policy en
dc.subject Risk factors en
dc.subject Family buffering en
dc.subject Protective factors en
dc.subject Strengths-based approach en
dc.subject Family resilience approach en
dc.subject Family well-being en
dc.subject.ddc 362.82096822
dc.subject.lcsh Families -- Research -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Families -- South Africa -- Gauteng -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Families -- Mental health -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Family social work -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Family policy -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Family psychotherapy -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Stress (Psychology) -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Resilience (Personality trait) -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Dysfunctional families -- Services for -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.title Exploring family resilience amongst South African social work client families en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Social Science M.A. (Social Work)

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