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Social Work

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MAKOFANE, Mankwane. "Not all men are fathers": Experiences of African women from families with absent fathers. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2015, vol.51, n.1, pp.22-44. ISSN 2312-7198.

A qualitative exploratory-descriptive inquiry was undertaken to gain insight into the experiences of young African women raised in families with absent fathers. Purposive and snowball sampling were used to procure a sample comprising 14 women aged 24 to 41 years. Data were collected through online guiding open-ended questions. The findings suggest that participants have emerged from their experiences as victorious, strong, assertive, empowered and self-reliant individuals whose lives were shaped by their maternal extended families. however, further insight into the manifestation of such attributes in their intimate heterosexual relationships is required to gain insight into their construction of relationships with men.

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