The impact of family structure and its dynamics on street children phenomenon in the North West province of South Africa
The overall aim of this study is to explore on the impact of family structure and its dynamics on street children phenomenon in the North West province of South Africa. The study will focus on street children from various shelters in the province. The goal is to identify what family structures lead children to resort to a street life for particular reasons that will arise from the study given by the participants. The study further intends to understand the overall functioning of these families where street children emerge. These include the nature and type of the family structure, the family home environment, the parent-child relationship, child discipline, guidance, communication, economic conditions and other aspects that may arise from the field interviews.
The five theories that will be employed for this study are: Family Systems theory, Structural Functionalist theory, Symbolic Interactionist theory, Feminist theory and Attachment theory.
The qualitative research paradigm will be used for this study. The study will use Non-probability purposive sampling. Data will be collected from street children from the three shelters in the North West province. Fifteen (15) children from the ages of fifteen to eighteen years will be sampled, five children from each of the three shelters will be selected. The shelter care takers and the parents of the children will also be interviewed. Themes will be used to analyze data.
List of Publications:
1 publication - The Handbook of Sociology of Youth in BRICS Countries, Chapter 40, page 821-837. “Book chapter titled Youth and ICT in South Africa: Cell Phones, Social Media, and Students’ Academic Performance.”