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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Wiggins, Louis-Jane
Email lj@3gi.co.za
URN etd-08162011-153713
Document Title Group work to enhance emotional intelligence in vulnerable children in middle childhood
Degree MSW
Department Social Work and Criminology
Advisor Name Title
Dr C E Prinsloo Supervisor
  • group work
  • emotional intelligence
  • vulnerable children
  • middle childhood
  • place of safety
Date 2011-04-04
Availability unrestricted
The researcher has identified an aspect of the practical implementation of the social services rendered to vulnerable children that required attention. This was that a child’s emotional wellness is influenced by the circumstances in which the child is raied. Children removed from the care of their primary caregiver and placed in alternative care tend to be emotionally needy. Without efficient stimulation, the cycle of unhealthy emotional intelligence will continue from one generation to the next, as children cannot stimulate their own children appropriately when they become parents, if they were never stimulated appropriately themselves. This study dealt with the influence that group work may have on the emotional intelligence of vulnerable children in middle childhood.

A literature study was conducted, which contains information regarding group work and the emotional development of children in middle childhood. This information also formed the basis of a questionnaire. The empirical study involved group work with five vulnerable children in middle childhood placed in places of safety under the auspices of Tsenang Homes of Safety. The study was conducted in the onegroup- pre-test-post-test context of the quasi-experimental design. Therefore a pretest was conducted to gain an understanding of the group members’ pre-existing emotional intelligence. After eight group work sessions, two post-tests, utilising the same questionnaire as was used during the pre-test, were conducted by each group member. The pre-test and post-tests results were compared and illustrated in the findings.

The empirical data obtained in this study revealed that group work can be utilised to enhance the emotional intelligence of vulnerable children in middle childhood. Therefore, from this study conclusions and recommendations for future studies and practice were formulated.

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Please cite as follows:

Wiggins, LJ 2010, Group work to enhance emotional intelligence in vulnerable children in middle childhood, MSW dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-08162011-153713/ >


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