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Single vs two-parent families: A Western Cape study of well-being

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by Dr Eugene Lee Davids Several theories exist within the field of psychology. These theories act as lenses to make sense of the world we live in and are important in understanding our interactions within the world as human beings. In South Africa, a country rich in diversity, a theoretical framework that I find very […]

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‘Pay up!’ Unmarried fathers’ experiences of fatherhood

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Dr. Elmien Lesch Research indicates that absent or uninvolved fathers have a negative impact on the psychosocial well-being of children. This is particularly important for South Africa as it has the second highest rate of father absence in Africa. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the presence of a father in itself […]

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You can represent Mandela in his absence

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By Amukelani Mayimele This is one of those days where society is watching everything we say about Nelson Mandela. We are almost challenged to sound politically correct in our writing and in our sharing of memories of Madiba. Many have succumbed to the pressure and society’s dictatorship on how we should react and think about […]

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You don’t build a family with a stick

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By Lorenzo Wakefield The title of this column is taken from a Zulu saying that contradicts Khaya Dlanga’s defence of the manner in which black parents discipline their children. Corporal punishment is a concept that was brought to Africa and South Africa by the British colonialist in the form of a common law defence of […]

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Talking to your kids about sex…

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The other day as I undressed my one-year-old for a bath he noticed his penis for the very first time. He looked at it and touched it, amusing me with his fascination. He started making it a routine to check it out every time he takes a bath. It struck me that my three-year-old daughter […]