Ngonidzashe and Douglas
Greener Journal of Social Sciences Vol. 4 (5), pp. 154-163, September 2014
ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2014 GJSS
Manuscript Number: 012914074
Community Perceptions on Marriage and Family Counselling: A Survey on Married Couples in Hintonville Community of Chegutu in Mashonaland West Province of Zimbabwe
*1Ngonidzashe Mutanana, 2Douglas Gasva
1Part-Time Lecturer for Mashonaland West Region of the Zimbabwe Open University: Department of Counselling: Faculty of Applied Social Sciences. Box 285, Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe.
2Quality Assurance Coordinator for Matabeleland North Region of the Zimbabwe Open University: Quality Assurance Unit 7A Jason Moyo Avenue, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: ngonidzashemtnn31 @gmail .com, Cell: 263- 0773 255 572,
The study investigated the perceptions of the Chegutu Town community on marriage counselling, using different modes of counselling, namely, traditional counselling, pastoral counselling, counselling by police officers from the Victim Friendly Unit and professional counselling. The researchers targeted the population of married couples in Hintonville Low Density Suburbs, a location that is situated in Chegutu Town in Zimbabwe. A sample of 30 married respondents comprising 17 married men and 13 married women of various ages ranging from 21 years upwards who had plus/minus eleven years of experience in marriage, were conveniently selected. The descriptive survey and structured questionnaires with closed and open ended questions were used to collect data. A pilot study was carried out to ensure validity and reliability of the research instrument. The study findings revealed that married couples generally have a positive perception on all the four modes of counselling. However, of the above mentioned modes of counselling, the community in question prefers pastoral counselling most because of the spiritual guidance associated with it. The community also supports traditional counselling though some married couples are of the view that elders are too harsh, unlike pastoral counselling and professional counselling. The results also suggest that the community is not fully conversant with professional counselling as evidenced by the low rate of respondents who prefer professional counselling as compared to pastoral counselling and traditional counselling.
Keywords: marriage, family, counselling, marriage and family counselling.
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