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Koers (Online) vol.73 n.1 Pretoria  2008




Die rol van 'n mentor vir seuns tydens die oorgangsfase van die laat-middelkinderjare na adolessensie


The role of a mentor for boys during their transition phase from late middle childhood to adolescence



J.P.D. SteytlerI; H. StrydomII

ISkool vir Psigososiale Gedragswetenskappe: Maatskaplike Werk, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, Potchefstroom. E- pos:
IISkool vir Psigososiale Gedragswetenskappe: Maatskaplike Werk, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, Potchefstroom. E- pos:




Seuns in hulle laat-middelkinderjare beleef verreikende veranderings in hulle lewens. Die bereiking van puberteit en die oorskakeling van kinderjare na adolessensie veroorsaak groot spanning en wrywing. Die intensiteit van die verhouding tussen pa en seun neem dikwels af terwyl die betrokkenheid in portuurgroepe weer toeneem. Hierdie artikel fokus op die seun in sy laat-middelkinderjare se belewing van sy biologiese pa en die invloed van die gesinsrangorde. As alternatiewe vaderfiguur word die klem op 'n mentor gelé. Die behoefte aan 'n mentor en die verwagtings wat die seun in sy Iaat-middeIkinderjare het rakende die mentor, word ondersoek.

Kernbegrippe: gesinsrangorde; mentor; oorgangsfase: kind na adolessent; pa-seunverhouding; seuns: laat-middelkinderjare


Boys in their late middle childhood experience far-reaching changes in their lives. Reaching puberty and experiencing the transition from childhood to adolescence causes immense stress and tension. The intensity of the relationship between father and son decreases many times, while involvement with the peer group increases. This article focuses on the experiences of the boys in their late middle childhood regarding their biological father and the influence of the family hierarchy. As alternative father figure, the focus falls on a mentor. The longing for a mentor and the expectations of the boys in their late middle childhood in this regard are explored in this article.

Key concepts: boys: late middle childhood; family hierarchy; father-son relationship; mentor; transition phase:child to adolescent



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