Adolescents’ and Youths’ “Family Meanings” in Zimbabwe

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Gwenzi presents the empirical findings on a study that was conducted on adolescents and youths’ family definitions and constructions of family membership in Zimbabwe. The study used mixed methodology, necessitating both quantitative and qualitative analyses, including descriptive statistics (means, frequencies, chi-squares), binary logistic regression, multinomial logistic regression and grounded thematic analysis. Key findings include the knowledge that there is no one definition of family for adolescents and youths in child welfare institutions. Family is defined based on not only consanguinity but also affective characteristics such as love, care and support. Family membership groups were also diverse to include both biological and non-kin individuals. Family meanings are influenced by factors such as age, living arrangement, contact with the biological family and some precare circumstances, namely, neglect and orphanhood.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages48
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
ISSN (Print)2731-6440
ISSN (Electronic)2731-6459

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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