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Getrude Gwenzi is a Hong Kong PhD Fellow 2016/19 and graduated with her PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Lingnan University in 2019. Her research focus includes child rights; orphans and vulnerable children, particularly living in alternative care and care leavers in Zimbabwe; children's lived experiences; ethnic minorities. She has published peer-reviewed papers on the meaning of family for children and adults with a history of being separated from the biological family.
Care leaver transitions from care have attracted a great deal of scholarly attention in the Global North. More recently, scholars from the Global South have begun documenting care leavers' experiences, and the evidence suggests their outcomes are largely negative. In Zimbabwe, institutionalisation is still a common form of child welfare for young p...
As an increasing number of countries across the globe face the unprecedented global crisis imposed by COVID-19, it is clear that individuals’ everyday lives will be impacted for a long time to come. Nations have already experienced the closure of everyday institutions (kindergartens, schools, universities, offices and so on) and the impact of the r...
African migrants in Hong Kong and the rest of Greater China are often confronted with numerous social and economic constraints. Notwithstanding, extant studies have not adequately examined how these challenges affect the psychological wellbeing of Hong Kong’s African economic migrants specifically. Using a qualitative research design underpinned by...
There has been an increasing emphasis on the provision of family-style residential care for children in alternative care globally, the aim of which is to create a family environment for children without parental care. Few studies have explored the dynamics within family-style institutions, particularly the relationships between children and residen...
I was invited to present my study on care leavers' meanings of family at the Care Leavers' Forum in Johannesburg.
Health literacy offers an opportunity to effectively direct health information and services to poor and marginalised groups. However, minimal attempts have been made to understand the state and determinants of health literacy, and its association with health-related behaviours among street-involved youth (SIY). This paper explores the status and so...
Care leavers' family lives are not well-documented in Global South literature. The West has seen an increase in studies focusing on the family concept. This article focuses on the concept of "family" and family membership from the perspective of care leavers. Data from semistructured interviews and "family lists" with 30 care leavers (aged 18-25) f...
Much research has explored transitions into adulthood for children living in out-of-home care. However, most of these studies are concentrated in Western countries, leaving a gap of information from the Global South. This paper discusses findings from a small-scale qualitative study conducted in Harare, Zimbabwe. Semi-structured interviews with (n...
Young people leaving care have been the subject of international research in the last decade, whilst in Africa studies are still few. The ability of young people to transition successfully from institutional care to independent living in society has become a policy concern. This is because of the documented poor outcomes of care leavers internation...
I am conducting research on children of migrant parents and want to include children of parents who are legally resident in the country as opposed to illegal immigrants. This is for protection purposes as illegal migrants may fear to participate because of their illegal status. As this is a study of children, I have to go through their parents, so the status of the children is of no concern as it is dependent on the parents' status. For the legal migrants, how can I know about their legal status without actually asking for their documentation, which I feel is too intrusive? Is there another way to recruit legal migrants without asking about their status? I would appreciate any other ways to recruit only legal migrants that you have experienced. Thanks in advance.
a)To examine what are the social attitudes towards child discipline in both rural and urban Zimbabwe. b)To examine how these social attitudes influence the approach to discipline children, considering corporal punishment and positive methods.
Emerging adulthood literature informs us that during this developmental stage, young adults are expected to develop competencies in close relationships and developing a sense of their identity. Young adults leaving out-of-home care are not excluded from going through this developmental stage. Research suggests that care leavers in fact, face a myriad of challenges negotiating their social relationships and may face confusion because they experience care from different people, not only their kin. Thinking about “who is my family” and why they are “family” allows care leavers to find meaning in their social relationships when making the transition from care into mainstream society. The study focuses on participants’ constructions of family and what influences these constructions.
Exploring the early social and adjustment of selected African students at Hong Kong Universities. African students are a minority ethnic group in Hong Kong so their adjustment into the host culture is of interest.