This project brings together researchers in the Hub working with both qualitative and quantitative data (in differing proportions) to explore the relationships of adolescents living in South Africa with their caregivers, and to study the impact of COVID on these relationships. We have found that quantitative and qualitative data on family relationships are available pre-COVID-19 from 1500 adolescents and around 40 adolescents, respectively. We have also conducted “remote” qualitative data collection via social media on the experiences of 40 adolescents and young people since the first national Lockdown in March 2020. The project involves using this quantitative and qualitative data to understand how adolescents perceive their caregivers, and factors that support positive relationships with them. In a second stage, qualitative data collected from adolescents since the first lockdown in South Africa would be used to understand how family circumstances have been affected by the pandemic and how approaches to support the family unit would need to be adapted. We are currently working with a doctoral student at Social Policy Institute at the University of Oxford, Carolin Kroeger, to explore the conceptual framework that would be required to analyse these quantitative and qualitative findings in tandem.
Professor Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Dr Marisa Casale (University of Western Cape, South Africa)
Dr Lesley Gittings (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Dr William Rudgard (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Dr Chris Desmond (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)