Child and Family Research: Strengthening families

Educate highly skilled individuals in the field of child and family research to benefit and build co This is the official page of the Child and family studies programme at the University of the Western Cape.

We are an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme aimed at research development in the areas of parenting, family well-being, early childhood development (ECD) and substance abuse. This development is linked to community-engagement of which we work within the communities from an evidence-based perspective. Our objective is provide knowledge and skills about:

- Theoretical perspectives on familie

Operating as usual

16/10/2019

The Village Guy

Hi Paarl,

Paarl’s Merle Danhouse, a social worker with her Masters in Child and Family Studies and a aspiring poet, is fulfilling a life long dream next week!

Merle always wanted to do a book of poems. So she worked on that dream in her spare time, finished it, and now she will be releasing her ‘Die Broodjie’ digbundel!!!!!

Next week at the Paarl-Historium
Date:19 Oktober 2019
Time: 13h00
Book price:R120
Rvsp: [email protected]

26/07/2018

Our doctoral candidates have had quite a presence on media platforms for the month of June in honour of our youth.

However it seems our reach has not yet ended!
Well done to Zainab Kader on her recent contribution in the TygerBurger (25 July 2018, pg.7) as she speaks on her PhD topic of creating an intervention for ho**ah pipe use amongst adolescents; a social practice holding hazardous health consequences.

Just another example of CFS sharing and inspiring the wider community on pertinent issues regarding child, youth, parent, and family-being.

14/06/2018

❤️💕💝

We congratulate Prof. Nicolette Roman on her outstanding achievement regarding her South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) appointment. We at Child and Family Studies are extremely proud of her, and commend her ongoing efforts towards research excellence and community engagement.
Yet another sterling example of the Child and Family Studies programme commitment to enhancing family well-being!

14/06/2018

We congratulate Prof. Nicolette Roman on her outstanding achievement regarding her South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) appointment. We at Child and Family Studies are extremely proud of her, and commend her ongoing efforts towards research excellence and community engagement.
Yet another sterling example of the Child and Family Studies programme commitment to enhancing family well-being!

05/10/2017

Child and Families Studies Applications for 2018 admissions are open and will officially close on the 31st October 2017. Please requirements

27/09/2017

Child and family studies flying the flag high for family well-being! Well done Dr. Edna Rich!

​PhD graduate gets to the bottom of substance abuse in families

Globally, the fight against illicit drug abuse among youth is recognized as one of the greatest struggles, and one that Dr Edna Rich firmly believes begins at the family level - the most powerful setting in any child’s life.

It’s an idea that drove her to earn her a PhD from the University of the Western Cape’s (UWC) Department of Child and Family Studies at the recent UWC Spring Graduation Ceremony.

Her research on Substance Abuse in the Family stemmed from her passion for strengthening family well-being (a passion that also led her to qualify as an ordained minister in the church of the Nazarene).

She believes that families are the bedrock of our society, and that healthy families are one of the main ways we can build healthier communities. ��

Here’s what Dr Rich has to say about issues that threaten family well-being - such as substance abuse in families...
Who is Dr Edna Rich?

�I am a lecturer in the Child and Family Studies Unit at UWC. I am also a wife, mother of three children between the ages of 16 and 37, and the grandmother of a gorgeous 9-year-old.

After my parents moved from the District Six area, I grew up on the Cape Flats. My family life was loving and stable - but being one of nine children, life at home was financially challenging. My mother was a home-maker for most of the time, and my father was a full-time church minister who worked among the poor in disadvantaged communities.
��What is it about your field that excites you most?

�I believe young people are our future, and we need to better understand the...

Read More https://www.uwc.ac.za/News/Pages/Dr-Edna-Rich-PhD-Graduate-Child-and-Family-Studies.aspx

19/09/2017

Child and Family Studies are coming at you live and direct!

Tomorrow [Wednesday, 20 Sept.], our doctoral student Jill Ryan will be on the 10am express show with Ayesha Laatoe, live on the Voice of the Cape (91.3fm) at 10:12am to 10:40am. They will be chatting about family violence and the family.

Tentatively, next week Tuesday [26 Sept.], Prof. Nicolette Roman will be on the same show at 10:11am. Further details to follow closer to the time.

Last week, Dr. Edna Rich spoke in the same time slot about exploring perceived reasons and risk factors for substance abuse among youth. The response received from this has been amazing!
We hope to keep this momentum with more great and engaging topics to be discussed.

Another example of CFS and the University of the Western Cape, outright and with our utmost, actively engaging our communities regarding the well-being of the child, parent/s and family. These engagements we hope, foster opportunities for empowerment, resiliency and many other forms of positive outcomes.

Join us and tune in!

05/09/2017

16th Biennial Meeting of European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA): 1st call for papers!

https://www.srcd.org/about-us/news-announcements/16th-biennial-meeting-european-association-research-adolescence-eara-1st?utm_source=SRCD+Membership&utm_campaign=ef857d0ff5-ENEWS_2017_09_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a2f8196caa-ef857d0ff5-293736657

srcd.org EARA is pleaesed to announce the 16th Biennial Meeting of the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA), which will be in Ghent, Belgium, September 12-15, 2018.

2017 Postgraduate Diploma Certification Ceremony 29/08/2017

UWC & Department of Social Development (DSD), Child and Family Studies

26/08/2017

Timeline Photos

30/06/2017

We congratulate our Child and Family Studies Programme Alumnus, Dr. Eugene Lee Davids, on his nomination as one of the Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans in the category Health.

May you continue achieving great things, increase knowledge production, facilitate positive change and do our programme proud!

CFS/PAN conference 2017 18/05/2017

****Strengthening families through parenting conference 2017***

What a successful hosting of such an integral event!

A great turn out where important topics were presented, vital points were raised and ideas were engaged in order to map out possibilities on a way forward.

We would like to thank everyone for taking the time and effort in sharing their information, ideas and expertise with us, in stimulating conversations around strengthening families through parenting and how we can effectively support and advocate for this to enhance well-being.

We would also like to thank all those who contributed, be it the presenters, panelists and most of all, our collaborating partner organizations. Also appreciation must be shown to the CFS team who showed such dedication and hard work, in the event organizing and facilitation, our labour of love has truly inspired the positive outcome we had hoped for.

There had been a great interest in taking this initiative forward, not only to other provinces, but in creating other opportunities and platforms to engage this topic. Therefore, please! let it not end here. Take this experience with you, foster it and create dialogues and platforms to carry on this conversation in your respective settings. It is hoped that all these activities would strengthen the mandate, incumbent on all stakeholders, to put parenting at the forefront in creating strengthened families that feel supported and are able to thrive.

Attached are some pics of day 1 & 2, more of which will be added at a later stage.

Again, thank you all!

15/05/2017

***Strengthening families through parenting conference 2017***

The excitement continues! Pre-conference set-up and there will always be time for pics 😁

Many days of tireless and committed planning, organizing, arranging and preparations has lead to this amazing event coming to fruition.

We thank everyone including our collaborating partners for their support, assistance and continued commitment!

We have an exciting line-up planned in oral and poster presentations, with various exhibition stands on show, all of which will be promoting parenting and family focused research and services.

Hope to see you there!

15/05/2017

Child and Family Research: Strengthening families

09/05/2017

***Putting parenting at the forefront!***

The excitement is mounting! Next week is our first conference on "Strengthening families through parenting", in partnership with the Parenting in Africa Network (PAN). Many other collaborating organizations, academics and practitioners will be joining us in exploring an array of topics and diverse forms of strategies in enhancing family well-being through parenting.

Attached is the programme layout for Day 1 (16 May) and Day 2 (17 May) of the conference and a peek at the exciting topics this conference will be unpacking.

Hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact Carol Rondganger on 021 959-3674 or via email [email protected]

09/05/2017

It is always exciting when we are granted the opportunity to bring parenting, not only to the fore, but to the general public. It is opportunities like these which allow vital information about parenting and family well-being to be directly beneficial.

In this month's edition of Foschini group's club magazine (a pic sent to us by one of our proud alumni), Prof. Nicolette Roman was interviewed regarding father involvement.

Another sterling example of Child and Family Studies striving to promote pertinent issues around parenting, parent-child interaction and the enhancement of family well-being through knowledge promotion.

09/05/2017

We are pleased to announce that our doctoral student, Zeenat Yassin, in partnership with her supervisor, Dr. C.J. Erasmus, will be presenting at the 9th Child Trauma Conference: Little voices count!

Their presentation titled " A systematic Review: The impact of HIV-related stigma on the psychosocial well-being of children orphaned by AIDS.", centers around children orphaned by AIDS and their experiences of adversities associated with parental illness and death, which in turn affects their psychosocial well-being. These adversities may result from orphanhood, however, children orphaned by AIDS displayed poorer levels of psychosocial well-being than other orphaned children.

The Child Trauma Conference taking place 10-11 June 2017 at the ICC in Durban, is aimed at filling the shortage of opportunities for knowledge and skills development and limited mentoring and support for professionals working with children, so as to improve services to children and their families. This Conference is aimed at building critical knowledge and skills in child protection practice, provision of mental health services and psycho-social support of children who enter the healthcare system. This includes both prevention of and response to trauma, neglect or abuse. There will also be opportunities to share practice challenges and give and receive the collegial support that sustains the professional working in this field.

Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/childtraumaconference/about/?ref=page_internal

Conference information taken from the Child trauma page referenced by photo credit.

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***LAST DAY FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION!***

Today is the last day for abstract submission for the "Strengthening families through parenting" national conference hosted by the Child and Family Studies and Parenting in Africa Network.

Abstracts to be submitted to [email protected]

Conference registration link: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScyT_IF4UNQmWgLSc…/viewform

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13/03/2017

*** URGENT REMINDER***

Abstracts for the "Strengthening families through parenting" national conference hosted by the Child and Family Studies and Parenting in Africa Network, needs to be submitted either on or before 15 March 2017.

Abstracts to be submitted to [email protected]

Conference registration link: https://docs.google.com/a/myuwc.ac.za/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyT_IF4UNQmWgLScvIuYq9gNmM0_QHt7NLP0Au7BNWvVdE2A/viewform

uwc.ac.za 24/02/2017

University of Western Cape

***Notice for students***

1-Day Short Course on How to write a Research Proposal (for graduate students)

Who can participate? Registered Honours, Masters and Doctoral students and staff

What will you achieve? Students will understand the elements of a well written Research Proposal

What is required from the participants? Students should bring along their own work and must present their own specific writing issues.

The aim of the workshop: This is a hands-on, very interactive workshop where the facilitators as well as the participants give constructive feedback. Participants build confidence in writing their proposals.

Issues the workshop will focus on:
• Is your title specific/viable?
• What is the layout of the Research Proposal?
• Where does the literature review fit in the Research Proposal?
• Why is referencing so important?
• What Research Design will be appropriate for your study?
• How to ensure coherence: Providing flow between ideas?

When: 4 March 2017
Time: 09h00-13h00
Where: TBA
Bookings close Friday 3 March at 11:00!!

To book please follow the following steps below:
• Connect to the UWC page: www.uwc.ac.za
• Click on on-line services
• Select student portal
• Select student access
• Enter your student number and ID number
• Access the workshops option.

For more information please contact:
Peter Johnson-Smith
021 959-3920
[email protected]

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19/02/2017

Child and Family Research: Strengthening families

Please let us know if you will be participating by clicking on the link:
https://docs.google.com/a/myuwc.ac.za/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyT_IF4UNQmWgLScvIuYq9gNmM0_QHt7NLP0Au7BNWvVdE2A/viewform

13/02/2017

Child and Family Studies would like to CONGRATULATE Jill Ryan for achieving GLOBAL RECOGNITION for her PhD work. WELL DONE on achieving and being an exemplary representative for Child and Family Studies and UWC!

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Dear Jill Ryan,

The Global Women's Institute and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) are thrilled to inform you that you are one of three winners of the 2015-2016 GBV 5-Minute Science Fair for your video submission here. Congratulations!

Congratulations on your win and we wish you continued success in your work to end violence against women and girls around the world.

Warmly,

Global Women's Institute

11/02/2017

Just a reminder

Please let us know if you will be participating by clicking on the link:
https://docs.google.com/a/myuwc.ac.za/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyT_IF4UNQmWgLScvIuYq9gNmM0_QHt7NLP0Au7BNWvVdE2A/viewform

02/02/2017

Please let us know if you will be participating by clicking on the link:
https://docs.google.com/a/myuwc.ac.za/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyT_IF4UNQmWgLScvIuYq9gNmM0_QHt7NLP0Au7BNWvVdE2A/viewform

14/12/2016

It is official, after all the hard work, sweat and tears and with all my love, Child and Family Studies has a new PhD in the house, Dr Karin E Daniels. I am so so proud of your achievement Karin because when all the odds were stacked against you, you hung on by your finger nails. You are the epitome of never giving up without a fight. So may you enjoy this new journey and may ALL your doors open...truly wonderfully amazing !!!!

06/12/2016

Our book has arrived and we are super excited! Well done to our contributors 🎉🍾🍾🍾

13/11/2016

We are proud and excited to congratulate Prof. Nicolette Roman on being awarded full professorship!
This is unduly a well-deserved achievement for the commitment shown towards student development, research excellence as well as community enrichment, in bringing notable contributions and spearheading the field of Children and Families.
Additionally this is shown as a testament of the Child and Family Studies programme, in cultivating a climate of impassioned individuals committed to providing the best aptitudes in providing evidence-based solutions, aimed at meaningful change towards Children and families in the South African context, as well as the global arena, in bolstering healthy, proactive societies which promote family well-being.
Once again, well done Prof. Nicolette Roman on this significant accomplishment!

16/09/2016

We are proud to announce that the Child and Family Studies programme has been added to the Department of Social Development endorsed Family Services Directory, launched today at the Western Cape Provincial Family Services forum meeting.

This directory is a condensed resource indicating available Family focused organizations and institutions, located in the various districts and municipalities within the Western Cape.
The directory is part of the goals and objectives set by the Western Cape Family Forum, which CFS is part of, to develop a communication strategy between stakeholders but more specifically to facilitate community engagements.

This is part of the many contributions Child and Family Studies (CFS) has committed itself to,in part, to our responsibility for meaningful community engagement and dissemination of evidence-based research and intervention strategies.

The next step entails a stronger research presence in future engagements, highlighting and sharing the amazing work our CFS staff and students have contributed in the context of children and families.

09/09/2016

Child and Family Research: Strengthening families

Cogent Psychology (2016), 3: 1153231
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23311908.2016.1153231

Perceptions of parenting styles in South Africa: The effects of gender and ethnicity

Nicolette Vanessa Roman1*, Thembakazi Makwakwa1 and Marlies Lacante2

Abstract
Parenting style is an area of research which is emerging in South Africa. Previous research notes significant differences between ethnic groups in terms of parenting. In a country as diverse as South Africa, which has also evolved from an era of separatism and segregation, comparing parenting styles across ethnic groups
is an interesting topic. This is a comparative study using a cross-sectional design. The Parenting Style and Dimension Questionnaire was used to collect the data. The final sample consisted of 746 participants with a mean age of 20.48 (SD = 1.96) years; 36% males and 64% females. The results found maternal authoritative parenting style to be the most prevalent across and within groups, but there were also significant differences between and within groups. Fathers’ parenting style was perceived as significantly different in three ethnic groups, but mothers’ parenting styles were not perceived as significantly different.

09/09/2016

Cogent Psychology (2016), 3: 1153231
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23311908.2016.1153231

Perceptions of parenting styles in South Africa: The effects of gender and ethnicity

Nicolette Vanessa Roman1*, Thembakazi Makwakwa1 and Marlies Lacante2

Abstract
Parenting style is an area of research which is emerging in South Africa. Previous research notes significant differences between ethnic groups in terms of parenting. In a country as diverse as South Africa, which has also evolved from an era of separatism and segregation, comparing parenting styles across ethnic groups
is an interesting topic. This is a comparative study using a cross-sectional design. The Parenting Style and Dimension Questionnaire was used to collect the data. The final sample consisted of 746 participants with a mean age of 20.48 (SD = 1.96) years; 36% males and 64% females. The results found maternal authoritative parenting style to be the most prevalent across and within groups, but there were also significant differences between and within groups. Fathers’ parenting style was perceived as significantly different in three ethnic groups, but mothers’ parenting styles were not perceived as significantly different.

09/09/2016

Child and Family Research: Strengthening families

Gender & Behaviour 2015, 13(2), 6753-6759
Copyright © 2015 Ife Centre for Psychological Studies/Services, Ile-Ife, Nigeria ISSN: 1596-92316753

Gender Performativity and Addiction within the Family: Focus on the Ho**ah

Liezille Jacobs
Nicolette V. Roman
Catherina Schenck

Gender performativity, substance use and dependency are bed rocked within the family system. Since ho**ah pipe smoking, worldwide, has become a family past time, people’s knowledge, use and perceptions of the ho**ah are now ripe for analysis. This study investigated the gendered perceptions of substance use, the ho**ah pipe being the primary substance under investigation. The study was undertaken with 837 rural and urban families in Belhar and Worcester in the Western Cape, South Africa. This paper aims to answer the research question: “what are the gender differences in ho**ah and other substance use within the
family”? This project used a quantitative research framework within a cross-sectional and descriptive survey design. Coherent with Social Learning Theory, results infer that children model parental addictive behaviours. Results indicate that the
ho**ah pipe is a gateway drug, as participants appear to use the ho**ah pipe with other substances like ma*****na and alcohol. This research could provide information for prevention and intervention programmes with families in South Africa.

09/09/2016

Child and Family Research: Strengthening families

Gender & Behaviour 2015, 13(2), 6753-6759
Copyright © 2015 Ife Centre for Psychological Studies/Services, Ile-Ife, Nigeria ISSN: 1596-92316753

Gender Performativity and Addiction within the Family: Focus on the Ho**ah

Liezille Jacobs
Nicolette V. Roman
Catherina Schenck

Gender performativity, substance use and dependency are bed rocked within the family system. Since ho**ah pipe smoking, worldwide, has become a family past time, people’s knowledge, use and perceptions of the ho**ah are now ripe for analysis. This study investigated the gendered perceptions of substance use, the ho**ah pipe being the primary substance under investigation. The study was undertaken with 837 rural and urban families in Belhar and Worcester in the Western Cape, South Africa. This paper aims to answer the research question: “what are the gender differences in ho**ah and other substance use within the
family”? This project used a quantitative research framework within a cross-sectional and descriptive survey design. Coherent with Social Learning Theory, results infer that children model parental addictive behaviours. Results indicate that the
ho**ah pipe is a gateway drug, as participants appear to use the ho**ah pipe with other substances like ma*****na and alcohol. This research could provide information for prevention and intervention programmes with families in South Africa.

09/09/2016

Gender & Behaviour 2015, 13(2), 6753-6759
Copyright © 2015 Ife Centre for Psychological Studies/Services, Ile-Ife, Nigeria ISSN: 1596-92316753

Gender Performativity and Addiction within the Family: Focus on the Ho**ah

Liezille Jacobs
Nicolette V. Roman
Catherina Schenck

Gender performativity, substance use and dependency are bed rocked within the family system. Since ho**ah pipe smoking, worldwide, has become a family past time, people’s knowledge, use and perceptions of the ho**ah are now ripe for analysis. This study investigated the gendered perceptions of substance use, the ho**ah pipe being the primary substance under investigation. The study was undertaken with 837 rural and urban families in Belhar and Worcester in the Western Cape, South Africa. This paper aims to answer the research question: “what are the gender differences in ho**ah and other substance use within the
family”? This project used a quantitative research framework within a cross-sectional and descriptive survey design. Coherent with Social Learning Theory, results infer that children model parental addictive behaviours. Results indicate that the
ho**ah pipe is a gateway drug, as participants appear to use the ho**ah pipe with other substances like ma*****na and alcohol. This research could provide information for prevention and intervention programmes with families in South Africa.

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