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dc.contributor.advisor Sodi, T. Kgopa, Bontle Patience 2023-05-11T07:12:20Z 2023-05-11T07:12:20Z 2022
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D. (Psychology)) -- University of Limpopo, 2022 en_US
dc.description.abstract Climate change poses a major threat to both the well-being of people and the environment. Subsistence farmers are particularly affected because they rely on local supply systems that are sensitive to climate variation. The aim of the study was to explore psychological resilience factors associated with climate change adaptation by subsistence farmers in a rural farming community in Maruleng Municipality in Limpopo Province (South Africa). The objectives of the study were to: investigate subsistence farmers' notions of climate change and adaptation; determine the psychological resilience factors influencing the farmers’ adaptation the climate change; determine strategies that the farmers use to cope with climate change; and, based on the farmers’ notions of climate change and adaptation, and the associated resilience factors, develop a psychological explanatory model on climate change adaptation by subsistence farmers. Data were collected through direct interactions with participants using a grounded theory research design. An open-ended interview guide was used to collect data with a sample of 15 participants selected through theoretical sampling within the Maruleng Municipality. The research findings indicate that farmers have limited conceptual knowledge relating to climate change and its causes. The results further indicated that participants have become resilient to climate change through mitigation strategies including mulching, adaptive irrigation techniques and being innovative. From a psychological perspective, the subsistence farmers’ resilience factors that emerged included passion for farming, hope, enthusiasm, courage, acceptance or tolerance, livelihood and a coherent belief system. Based on the findings of the study, a psychological explanatory model in climate change adaptation by subsistence farmers was developed. The explanatory model suggests that resilience factors are influenced by notions and adaptations of climate change. The study is concluded by, among others, recommending that counseling services be made available to farmers to help them deal with the stress associated with the negative impact of climate change. en_US
dc.format.extent xi, 236 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires PDF en_US
dc.subject Climate change en_US
dc.subject Psychological resilience factors en_US
dc.subject Human adaptation en_US
dc.subject Adaptation en_US
dc.subject Subsistence farmers en_US
dc.subject Maruleng en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Adaptability (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Climatic changes en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Subsistence farming en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Resilience en_US
dc.title An exploratory study of psychological resilience factors associated with climate change adaptation by subsistence farmers in a rural community in Maruleng, Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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