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University of Pretoria (2020)

The influence of culture on the resilience of youths from families affected by drought

Pillay, Kiara

Titre : The influence of culture on the resilience of youths from families affected by drought

Auteur : Pillay, Kiara

Université de soutenance : University of Pretoria

Grade : MEd (Educational Psychology) 2020

Résumé
This study builds on the framework set by a collaborative and multidisciplinary international research project in association with other researchers that focuses on the patterns of resilience among the youth in a South African community affected by drought. Drought affects the livelihood of thousands of people in rural South African communities. Owing to drought and low dam levels countrywide there has been water rationing and restrictions on the use as well as the quality of water that is being used throughout the country. A lack of water also leads to exhaustion, physical ailments and disease among parents and elders who are normally the breadwinners in their families. This results in many people often relying on the youth in their communities. The purpose of this study was to explore and understand the influence of culture on the resilience of youths from families living in drought-affected areas. To fulfil this purpose, the research focused on identifying the influence of culture on people in drought-affected areas and learning how the youth define resilience in times of drought. Doing this led to the understanding of how family, community, culture and physical environment processes may influence resilience among individuals who are experiencing drought-related stress. In summary, this study attempts to address and answer the following research question : “What is the influence of culture on the resilience of youths from families affected by drought ?” Both primary and secondary research questions were explored while using a qualitative methodical design. While exploring, understanding and collecting data, the information derived was viewed using an instrumental case study design, which was analysed using thematic analysis.

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