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Title: An investigation into the effects of absentee migrant parents on secondary school-going children (13-16 years) left behind: The case of Cowdray Park, Bulawayo.
Authors: Chuma, Florence
Keywords: Education
Migrant parents
Behavioral problems
Economic meltdown
Issue Date: Jun-2014
Publisher: Lupane State University
Abstract: The economic meltdown in Zimbabwe resulted in many parents emigrating to neighboring countries and abroad, leaving their children behind. The purpose of the study is to investigate the effects of absentee migrant parents on children (13-16 years) left behind. The researcher used a qualitative approach, that is, unstructured interviews and observations. Purposive sampling was used and a sample size of 22 pupils, 8 teachers, 8 community leaders and 6 parents was used. The results showed that the children’s performance in education is negatively affected by the absence of parents. The change in roles, where children became head o f households after the emigration of their parents, affected the children left behind as most were stressed and could not adjust properly in the absence of their parents The study also revealed that behavioral problems emerged in child headed families because of lack of parental supervision and this negatively affects their performance.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/78
Appears in Collections:Department of Geography and Population Studies

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