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Ethnic identification as contributor to the development of moral identity in child-headed households
Van Reenen, Marie
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This study explored whether ethnic membership was a core construct in the moral identity development of adolescents in Zulu child-headed households. A convenience sample of 60 participants (31 male and 29 female) were recruited for the study from a mixed urban and rural neighbourhood of a South African municipality. Data on the lived experience of the participants in relation to their ethnic identity were collected using semi-structured questionnaires, face to face interviews and field notes. The qualitative data were thematically analyzed and incorporated with quantitative data. In the analysis of the quantitative data, the participants’ responses were analyzed in relation to traditional and modern Zulu norms using frequency tables. Results suggest that participants carried a blended identity combining traditional and modern self-images and that neither presented as a core construct for moral identity development, but that spirituality and a attitude of giving are identified aspects to be utilized in moral identity development.