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The role of the marriage counsellor in a Xhosa community : an exploratory-descriptive study

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dc.contributor.author Phorie CL en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:13:29Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:13:29Z
dc.date.created 1988 en
dc.date.submitted 1990 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/25491
dc.description.abstract The focus of this study is on the role the marriage counsellor should play in the black community. The main objective of this study was to investigate how marriage counselling services are perceived in the black community. It is expected that research findings would assist the helping professions make the necessary adjustments to make marriage counselling approaches more relevant to problems experienced in married life in the black community. The study revealed that the family in the black community is still regarded as the main problem-solver although people do go beyond the family for assistance. The nucleus family has also started to emerge in the black community and bonds to the bigger family systems are beginning to loosen. The research findings indicated clearly that there is a need for professional marriage counselling and that services of this nature should be extended further into the black community. A problem in this regard is that the community will have to be educated to use these services. Marriage counsellors working within black families will have to consider the crucial role the family plays in problem-solving. Intervention modalities used will have to be ethnically sensitive with an emphasis on task-centred and short-term approaches. Counsellors will also have to go beyond the clinical role normally associated with marriage counselling and applicability of a wide variety of roles must be explored. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Social work en
dc.subject Marriage counselling en
dc.title The role of the marriage counsellor in a Xhosa community : an exploratory-descriptive study en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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