This study concentrates on the capacity of children and young people to cope in child-headed households in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. In contrast to the dominant view of these children as vulnerable and in need of protection and support by family and community members, this study focuses on the coping strategies of these youngsters and their access to support and its quality. It analyses coping from two approaches: the livelihood approach and the task model of coping. It assumes social assets or social capital to be fundamental for children and young people in child-headed households. The study further addresses the problematic of conceptualizing child-headed households in the South African context. This new type of information provides valuable insights on how such households could be supported in a more effective way.

Free online:http://hdl.handle.net/1887/13106


Year of publication: 2008
Series: African Studies Collection
Volume: 14
 
 
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978-90-5448-082-2
Auteur
Diana van Dijk
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Paperback
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