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Title: Orphanhood and Completion of Compulsory School Education Among Young People in South Africa: Findings From a National Representative Survey
Contributor(s): Operario, Don (author); Cluver, Lucie (author); Rees, Helen (author); MacPhail, Catherine  (author)orcid ; Pettifor, Audrey (author)
Publication Date: 2008
DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2008.00555.x
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Abstract: We examined the association of orphanhood and completion of compulsory school education among young people in South Africa. In South Africa, school attendance is compulsory through grade 9, which should be completed before age 16. However, family and social factors such as orphanhood and poverty can hinder educational attainment. Participants were 10,452 16–24-year-olds who completed a South African national representative household survey. Overall, 23% had not completed compulsory school levels. In univariate analyses, school completion was lower among those who had experienced orphanhood during school-age years, males, and those who reported household poverty. In multivariate analyses controlling for household poverty, females who had experienced maternal or paternal orphanhood were less likely to have completed school; orphanhood was not independently associated with males' school completion. Findings highlight the need for evidence-informed policies to address the education and social welfare needs of orphans and vulnerable youth, particularly females, in South Africa.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Research on Adolescence, 18(1), p. 173-186
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1050-8392
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 111716 Preventive Medicine
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
111706 Epidemiology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920401 Behaviour and Health
920413 Social Structure and Health
920412 Preventive Medicine
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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