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Parenting, Family Care and Adolescence in East and Southern Africa: An evidence-focused literature review

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  • Rachel Bray
  • Andrew Dawes
  • UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti

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Based on an evidence-focused literature review, this paper examines existing knowledge on raising adolescents in east and southern African countries, including Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Country selection was based on the availability of relevant literature and data. The vast majority of studies on parenting and adolescent development is based on research from the global north. This research sought to deepen understandings of family life, care practices and support networks in the east and southern African region so as to inform policy and interventions that seek to improve adolescent-family relations and reduce risk behaviours. An evidence-informed model for understanding the ecology of adolescent-parent relationships in the cultural and economic contexts of the region is provided. In addition, a framework for exploring contextually-relevant dimensions of parenting through research and practice is offered.

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  • Rachel Bray & Andrew Dawes & UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, 2016. "Parenting, Family Care and Adolescence in East and Southern Africa: An evidence-focused literature review," Papers indipa856, Innocenti Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucf:indipa:indipa856
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    1. Assefa Admassie, 2002. "Explaining the High Incidence of Child Labour in Sub–Saharan Africa," African Development Review, African Development Bank, vol. 14(2), pages 251-275.
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    adolescent health; adolescents; family environment; gender issues; HIV and AIDS; parent-child relationship; risk;

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