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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Dempster, Georgina Claire
Email georgina.dempster@goalnet.co.za
URN etd-05172011-104344
Document Title A case study of teachers implementation of asset-based psychosocial support
Degree MEd
Department Educational Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Dr R Ferreira Co-Supervisor
Prof L Ebersohn Co-Supervisor
Dr K Mohangi Supervisor
  • STAR-pilot project
  • teachers
  • implementation
  • resilience
  • asset-based approach
  • basic physiological needs
  • school community
  • social support
  • emotional support
  • vulnerable families
  • vulnerable children
  • psychosocial support
Date 2011-04-12
Availability unrestricted

The purpose of this study was to explore and describe teachers’ implementation of asset-based psychosocial support in a school community to promote resilience in vulnerable children and families (particularly within the context of HIV/AIDS). The study formed part of the broader STAR-pilot project. The primary assumption with which I approached the study was that teachers are able to provide asset-based psychosocial support focusing on social, emotional, health and educational needs of vulnerable children and families.

An interpretivist paradigm was used to describe the asset-based psychosocial support implemented. I selected a case study design with eight participants (teachers) who were conveniently and purposefully selected due to their involvement in the STAR-pilot project. I co-facilitated a PRA-directed workshop with the teachers. Data was collected by means of a PRA-directed workshop, observations, visual data (photographs) and field notes. I followed a thematic content analysis of data to interpret emerging themes and sub-themes. Psychosocial support interventions were focused on addressing basic physiological needs, social support and emotional needs. Findings revealed that implementation of asset-based psychosocial support within a school community, promoted the resilience of vulnerable children and families.

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Please cite as follows:

Dempster, GC 2010, A case study of teachers implementation of asset-based psychosocial support, MEd dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-05172011-104344/ >


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