Black adolescents and domestic violence : an exploratory study using solution focused group therapy

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. Jacqui Byrne en_US
dc.contributor.author Diale, Boitumelo Molebogeng
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-27T10:23:36Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-27T10:23:36Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-27
dc.date.submitted 2003
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4421
dc.description M.Ed. en_US
dc.description.abstract South Africa has been rated amongst the world's most violent societies. Most women and children of all races and income level are victims of violence from their partners or parents. There is a widespread recognition that domestic violence represents one of the major causes of stress in modem social experience. There is, however, a large gap in our knowledge about the adolescents' views and experiences of domestic violence in South Africa. The focus in many studies has been mainly on women's experiences of domestic violence. For this reason the focus of the present research is to explore a way in which these adolescents can be helped to deal with their experiences of domestic violence. An assumption is made that Solution Focused Group Therapy would go a long way to rectify some of the problems facing Black adolescents in our communities. This is evident in the fact that many Black people are not exposed to therapy, or if exposed never go for therapy on issues such as domestic violence and abuse due to cultural beliefs. The research explores Solution Focused Group Therapy as a therapeutic approach that is brief, cost effective and possibly relevant to Black adolescents as its focus is on solutions rather than on problems. This study utilized the generic qualitative methods based on the exploratory paradigm. A case study of three Black adolescents, one boy and two girls, who have experienced domestic violence was used. The research found three main themes namely 1) the adolescents' attitudes towards therapy; 2) the adolescents' experiences of domestic violence; and finally 3) how adolescents related to Solution Focused Group Therapy. Findings revealed Solution Focused Group Therapy as best suited for black adolescents. However, Solution Focused techniques had to be adjusted to fit with the African culture of collectivism. An important contribution of this study was the information obtained which provided a new perspective on domestic violence in Black communities and the value of group therapy for Black adolescents. The information, which has emerged from this study, may be useful for psychologists working with Black adolescents. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Black youth mental health en_US
dc.subject Abused teenagers en_US
dc.subject Family violence en_US
dc.subject Victims of family violence en_US
dc.subject Abused teenagers treatment en_US
dc.subject Solution focused therapy en_US
dc.subject Group psychotherapy en_US
dc.title Black adolescents and domestic violence : an exploratory study using solution focused group therapy en_US
dc.type Mini-Dissertation en_US

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