IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/taf/deveza/v28y2011i1p1-17.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Poverty, shocks and school disruption episodes among adolescents in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Author

Listed:
  • Nina Hunter
  • Julian May

Abstract

While conventional explanations of drop-out and grade repetition acknowledge the role of socioeconomic factors, this paper uses data collected in a KwaZulu-Natal study of adolescents to investigate the explicit contribution of poverty and shocks to school disruption episodes. The asset-vulnerability framework developed by Moser and others is used to develop a poverty-based theory of school disruption. Evidence against such a theory is also put forward. The results indicate that the poverty-based theory accounts in part for school disruption. Poverty is predictive of school disruption, female adolescents are particularly vulnerable to drop-out episodes, and adolescent pregnancy emerges as an important influence. However, household shocks do not seem to predict school disruption. Programmes that offer incentives for school attendance and improving school quality are put forward as policy options for South Africa.

Suggested Citation

  • Nina Hunter & Julian May, 2011. "Poverty, shocks and school disruption episodes among adolescents in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(1), pages 1-17.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:28:y:2011:i:1:p:1-17
    DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2011.545167
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0376835X.2011.545167
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    More about this item

    Keywords

    drop-out; grade repetition; poverty; shocks;

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:28:y:2011:i:1:p:1-17. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Chris Longhurst). General contact details of provider: http://www.tandfonline.com/CDSA20 .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.