n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Divorce : a typical feature of a contemporary anti-child culture




This article is a study of an anti-child culture, with specific reference to divorce as a typical feature of such a culture in our own time. Education in contemporary society is being hampered by educational and societal factors. Rapid, dynamic change is inherent in this society, and families are by no means immune to it. Children are increasingly vulnerable to the uncertainties and confusions of bad marriages; and the number of single-parent families is rising as a direct result of divorce. The phenomenon of broken homes can result in numerous social problems associated with an anti-child culture. These, in turn, contribute to the phenomenal divorce rate that has such an impact on education. Children often experience divorce as an anti-child event that evokes a sense of guilt, uncertainty and not being wanted; and many juveniles vent their reaction to such a culture in socially unacceptable behaviour. Clearly, adequate education cannot take place in such conditions.


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