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dc.contributor.advisor Makhubele, J. C. Sekgale, Israel Lehlokwe 2019-03-06T08:33:07Z 2019-03-06T08:33:07Z 2017
dc.description Thesis (M.A. (Social Work)) -- University of Limpopo, 2018 en_US
dc.description.abstract The overall aim of the study was to explore the perceptions of the phenomenon ‘Absent Fathers’ in Mphanama Community. The objectives of the study were to assess the effects of culture and beliefs on the domination of parenting, to debunk the myth that marital status of parents determines the involvement of fathers in their children’s upbringing and to establish who is seen as having the majority power over the child in Northern Sotho culture as compared to other cultures. This study used qualitative approach because the researcher wanted to explore and understand the phenomenon of Absent Fathers. The researcher focused on feelings, behaviour, descriptions and words from the participants. The other reason for using this approach was to find reality about perceptions of the phenomenon absent fathers and explore their primary interpretation of their situation than that of the researcher. The researcher used exploratory research design. The data was collected through semi-structured face-to-face interview was collected from twenty (20) single mothers who are bona fide members of Mphanama and have not just visited the community at the time of the study. The sample was inclusive to single mothers who are bona fide members of Mphanama and have not just visited the community at the time of the study. Their marital statuses were not considered upon selection, so this may be mothers who were never married, married or even divorced women. The participants were from different ages as insight from all age cohorts will be highly valuable. The researcher underpinned the study from the feminist movement is vast in orientation and there is no singular prescription of what the feminist theory constitutes. It is however, stated that within the feminism there is a high degree of consensus that the distinct underlying principle is the awareness of gender and the politics of gender within society. The researcher used thematic data analysis. The researcher followed the steps of thematic data analysis which are transcription of data, checking and editing, Analysing and interpretation, and Generalization. This study is relevant to Social Work Profession and the Department of Social Development as it will contribute positively in delivering services to the clients served. The issue of absent fathers often leads to family dysfunction and leads to other social problems, this is frequently visible in rural families of low-economic-class where the father is usually seen as the sole provider for the family. en_US
dc.format.extent vi, 97 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject Perception en_US
dc.subject Absent fathers en_US
dc.subject Mphanama community en_US
dc.subject Single parents en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Absentee fathers en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Custody of children en_US
dc.title Perceptions of the phenomenon 'absent fathers' within the context of Mphanama community en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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