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Enhancing the well-being of vulnerable children

Humanities Faculty Research Theme

This project focuses on vulnerable children in South Africa in various resource-constrained environments.

A vulnerable child is a child whose survival, care, protection and/or development may be compromised by any condition, situation or circumstance that may deprive the child of his/her rights and development to the fullest extent of his/her capacity. In this programme we focus on children from birth to 18 years who are vulnerable for various reasons. In 10 to 20 years these children will become the backbone of South African society and could be contributing substantially in all sectors. It would be short-sighted to neglect the majority of children growing up in South Africa.

This project has a dual aim: First it has the programmatic aim of (a) demonstrating that the humanities can contribute substantially to progress in South Africa by fulfilling its practical aim, namely (b) to facilitate the healthy development of children. Inputs to support research methodology, as well as scientific support, are therefore provided to serve the two main objectives of the project.

 

Project leader: 
Professor David Maree, Deptartment of Psychology
E-mail: [email protected]

Distinguished scholar: 
Professor Cindy Crusto, Associate Professor of Psychology, Yale University School of Medicine

PhD student: 
Ms Jeannie van der Linde, Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology


2014 Events


8 April
Public lecture: "Ecologically-based projects to address psychological trauma among vulnerable children in the USA"

Presented by Professor Cindy Crusto, Associate Professor of Psychology, Yale University School of Medicine


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