International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice Vol. 5(3), pp. 118 - 132
DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2017.050304
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The Experiences of Older Persons and Their Adult Children on Maintaining Positive Parent-child Relationships


Marcelle Dianne Boshoff , Nevashnee Perumal *
Department of Social Development Professions, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

ABSTRACT

The incidence of increased life span as well as a lack of care for older persons, gave rise to the South African Older persons Act (Act No 13 of 2006), which provides a clear indication of the expectations of caring for older persons within communities and families. With many older persons relying on the relationships they have with their children in their golden years, to be fulfilling and loving, this study aimed to explore the experiences of older persons and their adult children from a strengths based perspective by focusing on how they maintain positive relationships. This study adopted a qualitative research approach which was exploratory and contextual in nature, applying a narrative strategy of inquiry. Empirical data was collected from two sample sets, using a non-probability purposive sampling method: i) five older persons who were retirees of an automotive company in South Africa and ii) at least one of their adult children. Individual, semi-structured face to face interviews were conducted with both sample sets. Thematic data analysis technique was used to analyse the data collected. This article reports on two themes generated from the findings of the study.

KEYWORDS
Adult Child, Care, Elderly, Experiences, Retiree

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Marcelle Dianne Boshoff , Nevashnee Perumal , "The Experiences of Older Persons and Their Adult Children on Maintaining Positive Parent-child Relationships," International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 118 - 132, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2017.050304.

(b). APA Format:
Marcelle Dianne Boshoff , Nevashnee Perumal (2017). The Experiences of Older Persons and Their Adult Children on Maintaining Positive Parent-child Relationships. International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice, 5(3), 118 - 132. DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2017.050304.