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Gugulethu Shange

Lecturer: Child & Youth Development


  • 2011 MA Social Science University of South Africa
  • 2000 BA SS Psychology Hons University of South Africa
  • 2000 Advanced Cert Prog in Development University of South Africa
  • 1995 BA SS Social Work Hons University of South Africa
  • 1987 Diploma in Business Studies University of Swaziland
Research interests
  • Parenting of adolescent child from African perspective
  • Use of metaphors in counselling
  • Family cycle stage at childhood.
  • Relevancy of Child and Youth programmes in child institutions
Teaching Commitments
  • ATS 3769: Child abuse and family functioning
  • ATS 3771: Managing community development projects
  • ATS 2764: Building support networks for children and families
Exploring the family life cycle from an African perspective

How African individuals perceive the family life cycle, is the topic of this research. This qualitative study was facilitated with two individuals. Constructivism was used to explore how individuals create their reality. The Person-Centred Approach was studied to understand the importance of the Self- concept in the individual, and the role played by perceptions created in an ever-changing environment. Systems theory helped understand the interaction of family members as a system (family), especially the creation of stability after a state of disequilibrium – in this case, transitions between stages of the life cycle. Only with one respondent were some differences identified compared to the Western view of the life cycle. It was thus concluded that the family life cycle can be used as a guideline during therapy, regarding difficult transitions people (including African people) have to make, for therapists working from both the Person-Centred Approach and the systems perspective.

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