Factors influencing work satisfaction of single parents in the South African National Defence Force : an exploratory study
CITATION: Matjeke, K. T. & Van Dyk, G. A. J. 2019. Factors influencing work satisfaction of single parents in the South African National Defence Force : an exploratory study. Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, 47(1):109-131, doi:10.5787/47-1-1270.
The original publication is available at http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za
There has been a documented increase in single-parent families over the years. Various causes, such as divorce, death, irresponsible fathers and choice, to mention but a few, contribute to this increase. Since 2005, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been partaking in various peacekeeping missions on the continent. The deployment of the SANDF is, however, not limited to cross-border activities. The SANDF also deploys its soldiers within the country in border control operations. While some soldiers are deployed within and outside the borders of the country, others remain in the home bases to continue with daily tasks. These soldiers usually work from 08:00–16:00, Monday to Friday. There are instances, however, where they need to work beyond the normal working hours and over weekends to participate in training exercises or even as a result of being deployed. Because of their single-parent status, these soldiers face inherent military challenges as well as role-related ones, which may influence their work satisfaction. The research reported here aimed to investigate the relationships between stress, work–family conflict, social support and work–family enrichment (WFE) in terms of work satisfaction of single parents in the SANDF.