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n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Die probleem van vaderafwesigheid in Suid-Afrika : ’n Moontlike oplossing gegrond op Bybelse riglyne - research

Volume 59 Number 4
  • ISSN : 0041-4751
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Abstract

The problem of father absenteeism in South Africa:A possible solution according to Biblical guidelines In this paper a solution-orientated approach is proposed as a suggested contribution to help fight the social problem of father absenteeism in South Africa, since the issue of absent fathers is becoming a serious local problem. Increasingly, children are growing up without a father figure and as a result become vulnerable in society. Broken families and absent fathers are major causes and effects resulting in children’s vulnerability – the state of exposure to the possibility of being harmed, self-harmed and contemplating suicidal thoughts. Examples of vulnerable children are those who do not receive the love and care of one or both parents, who may, therefore, struggle with basic skills such as how to handle emotions, trust and interpersonal relationships. Moreover, they may lack self-knowledge and engage in risky behaviour. The absence of a parent within a family system causes a vacuum in the parenthood role and has a negative influence on the ability of the family to function efficiently. The number of children living without their fathers has increased unabatedly during the almost two decades of democracy in South Africa. The absence of a father has been constructed as socially detrimental and a dilemma for most children in South Africa, as the lack of a father figure means the child has no positive male role model. Father absence not only has a severe impact on family life, but constitutes a social trend of widespread concern, akin to major diseases such as HIV/Aids. Research has shown that a dysfunctional family life is a major societal problem, with father absence and fatherlessness at the centre thereof. The following statistics reflect disturbing factors related to father absence in South Africa: 63% of suicides originate from fatherless homes; 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes; 80% of rapists motivated by displaced anger grew up in fatherless homes; 40% of all children in the country do not live with their biological fathers; 85% of children with behavioural problems come from homes where the father is absent; 90% of homeless children originate from fatherless homes; and 71% of children who do not finish school have absent fathers. Father absence is a tendency and world-wide phenomenon in many communities. Statistically, there is a tendency akin to a “fatherhood disease” globally and a rapid increase in single-parenting. Fathers’ absence is the ultimate cause for the rising incidence of single mothers, vulnerable children and child-headed households in South Africa. Single-parent households have become the norm in South Africa where the “typical” child is raised by the mother only.

’n Oplossingsgerigte benadering word voorgestel as moontlike bydrae om die maatskaplike probleem van vaderafwesigheid in Suid-Afrika te probeer bekamp. Gebroke gesinne is een van die grootste oorsake en gevolge wat lei tot die verhoogde kwesbaarheid van kinders. Kinders in nood, veral as hulle in sorg geplaas word, maak deel uit van ’n uiters kwesbare groep persone wat nie genoegsame ondersteuning kry nie. Artikel 150 van die Kinderwet bepaal juis dat ’n kind die sorg, beskerming en ondersteuning van beide ouers benodig, anders openbaar die kind gedrag wat nie beheer kan word nie en kan sy of haar fisieke, geestelike en maatskaplike welsyn ernstig hierdeur benadeel word. Daarom is dit kritiek belangrik om te verstaan dat die afwesigheid van ʼn ouer binne ʼn gesinstelsel ʼn vakuum in die ouerskaprol veroorsaak, ʼn negatiewe invloed op die gesin het en veral kwesbare kinders se vermoë om doeltreffend te funksioneer nadelig beïnvloed. In Suid-Afrika is die uitdaging van vaderafwesigheid ’n maatskaplike probleem wat in die meeste gemeenskappe voorkom. Die belangrikheid van vaderskap in die samelewing word egter dikwels nie belangrik geag nie. Daarom is dit geensins verbasend dat die afwesigheid van ’n vader in ’n gesin ʼn toenemende verskynsel en neiging in baie gemeenskappe is nie, nie net in Suid-Afrika nie, maar wêreldwyd.

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2019-12-12
2020-02-21

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