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South African Journal of Education

On-line version ISSN 2076-3433
Print version ISSN 0256-0100


NORTJE, Ann Lindsey  and  PILLAY, Jace. Vulnerable young adults' retrospective perceptions of school-based psychosocial support. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2022, vol.42, n.1, pp.1-9. ISSN 2076-3433.

In this article we describe the retrospective perceptions of vulnerable young adults on the psychosocial support they had been exposed to when they were in school. Qualitative data were collected through individual interviews, collages and a focus group discussion with 5 young adults (2 females and 3 males aged from 20 to 23) who resided at a foster home in Johannesburg. Thematic data analysis identified distinct psychological and social experiences which impacted on their ability to function independently as adults. The psychological experiences highlighted their sense of vulnerability, a lack of identity, emotional pain, and the need for career and guidance counselling. Their social experiences were characterised by social isolation and a lack of social skills. Adopting Erikson's theory of psychosocial development, we discuss what psychosocial support should be provided at schools so that vulnerable children could have a better life.

Keywords : independent; perceptions; psycho-social preparation; retrospective; skills acquisition; transition; vulnerable; young adults.

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