Verbum et Ecclesia
On-line version ISSN 2074-7705
Print version ISSN 1609-9982
JANSE VAN RENSBURG, Johan. The psychology of poverty. Verbum Eccles. (Online) [online]. 2013, vol.34, n.1, pp.10-11. ISSN 2074-7705.
This article investigates the psychological experience of poor people and the pastoral responsibility to guide them towards poverty transition. A qualitative analysis of the narratives of three participants is compared to the enthralling history of Florcy Mabuza who in her book, Poverty mentality: The root of poverty, explains the dangers of a spiritual and emotional mindset that precipitates and feeds the plight of poverty. Using a literature study to interpret the narratives as well as a method of encoding, basic mindsets of poverty and factors that influence this mindset are identified. The study culminates in conclusions to encourage further research and pastoral involvement.