Marital or relationship stressors and parents' worries about children in the community of Kayamandi, Stellenbosch

Boshoff S.C. ; Van Der Merwe A.P. ; Kotze H.F. ; Van Rooyen J.W. (1998)


This study investigated the frequency of selected marital or relationship stressors as well as the worries that parents have about children in the township community of Kayamandi, Stellenbosch. The sample comprised 240 residents, selected according to the principles of disproportional stratified sampling. Particularly evident from the results was the social roots of many of the problems concerned and the subsequent need for a systems approach to family enrichment. It was recommended that family and mental health practitioners should, inter alia, assist troubled families to contextualise their problems. Practitioners should also start to ensure that remedial and preventive programmes are being designed and implemented to act synergistically with broader reconstruction and development efforts.

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