South African single mothers’ experiences of raising a child with a disability

African Journal of Disability

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Title South African single mothers’ experiences of raising a child with a disability
Creator Mbanjwa, Siya Harvey, Clare
Subject psychology; maternal care; childhood disability child; childhood disability; disability; maternal experiences; motherhood experiences; psychosocial support; single mothers; South Africa.
Description Background: Historically, in South Africa (SA), single motherhood has been part of the landscape and continues to increase. Disability in children is also increasing, yet it remains under-researched. Mothers are often left to raise their children with a disability alone, yet their voiced maternal experiences continue to largely be unheard, particularly in SA.Objectives: This study aimed to explore the lived experiences of single mothers raising a child with a disability in SA. Furthermore, the aim was to explore how these mothers navigate their complex realities and practice of mothering, and to amplify the voices of mothers. Finally, the study sought to shed light on the particular contextual factors that affect single maternal experiences in caring for a child with a disability.Method: Twelve South African single mothers raising a child with a disability between the ages of 7 years and 18 years were individually interviewed in this exploratory interpretivist study. Thematic analysis was utilised on the data.Results: The four themes highlight the complex, multi-level strain of raising a child with a disability, which has had a significant impact on the social, financial and emotional facets of single mothers’ lives.Conclusion and contribution: The findings of the study are important for developing a thorough understanding of the needs of single mothers in this specific context as well as their daily experiences as mothers of children with disabilities. These needs include the necessity of psychosocial support and equipping single mothers with accurate knowledge about their child’s disability so that they can make better accommodations for themselves and their child.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor both authors
Date 2023-11-17
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajod.v12i0.1321
Source African Journal of Disability; Vol 12 (2023); 10 pages 2226-7220 2223-9170
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa; Africa Current adults; females; mothers
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Siya Mbanjwa, Clare Harvey