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Koers

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CRONJE-MALAN, L  e  VAN SCHALKWYK, L. Vroeë adolessente se persepsies van hulle primêre versorgers se betrokkenheid by die skoolgemeenskap in 'n hoë-risiko gemeenskap. Koers (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.80, n.2, pp. 1-10. ISSN 0023-270X.

Early adolescents' perceptions of their primary care-givers' involvement as to the school context in a high-risk community is important for their relational and personal well-being. Although school performance is of crucial importance concerning positive youth development, many South African adolescents are still part of the high incidence of repeating grades and drop-out statistics. The study was conducted within the theoretical framework of positive psychology to explore resources aimed at higher levels of well-being. The qualitative method was used, and participants between the ages of twelve and fourteen years of age, of one school in a high-risk community, were selected.. Demographic information shows that the primary care-givers of most participants are not their biological parents. Findings indicate that early adolescents' perceptions of family imply the providing of basic needs as a requirement for school involvement. Also, the mostly negative emotional nature of home and learning environment interactions, adds to negative patterns which are associated with a high-risk community. This study offers an important contribution to Positive Psychology towards the understanding of early adolescents' relational well-being and its context. Recommendations include guidelines for interventions while taking into account external as well as internal factors.

Palavras-chave : Early adolescents; primary care-givers; school community; high-risk community.

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