How well are families doing? A description of family well-being in South Africa

Roman, Nicolette Vanessa; Isaacs, Serena Ann; Davids, Charl; Xin-Cheng Sui
July 2016
Family Medicine & Community Health;2016, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p9
Academic Journal
Objective: The purpose of this study was to describe the well-being of a sample of families from low socioeconomic communities in the Western Cape South Africa in terms of family resilience, family satisfaction, parenting styles, family structure and family functioning. Methods: The study used a descriptive survey design and sampled 358 adult family members. Results: The results indicate that although family functioning is challenged, parents are perceived to be using an authoritative parenting style and having a father present enhances family satisfaction. The results also describe families as displaying low-to-average levels of family resilience. Conclusion: This study provides a descriptive study of a sample of families in the Western Cape, South Africa. Overall the families in this study are not doing very well. The implications and significance of these findings are further explained.


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