Greener Journal of Social Sciences

Excellence and Timeliness

  
  

Choose Language

Ngonidzashe and Douglas

Greener Journal of  Social Sciences Vol. 4 (5), pp. 154-163, September 2014

  ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2014 Greener Journals

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 012914074

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15580/GJSS.2014.5.012914074

 

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.

 

2Email: gasvad @yahoo .co .uk, Cell: 263-744 537 133. Landline: 263-9-60338/60202


*Corresponding Author’s Email: ngonidzashemtnn31 @gmail .com, Cell: 263- 0773 255 572,

Landline: 263-64-6598

Abstract:

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.

Reference: 


Amo Kalende, A.O. (2002). The Relative Effectiveness of Conflict Resolution Skills Training on Marital Adjustment of some selected couples. The Counsellor, 19(1), 1-11.

Ambakederaemo, E. T. and Garangana, T. (2006). Causes of Marital Instability in the Counselling Implications Port-Harcourt Municipality, Nigeria: Solutions and The Nigerian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 11(1), 14-24.

Best, J. and Khan, J.V. (1993). Research in Education 8th Edition. Boston. Allyn and Bacon.

Bowen, G.L. and Richman, J.M. (1991). Intentions to Seek Marriage Counselling. Retrieved from www.jstor.org/stable 585128.

Chakuchichi, D.D. and Zvaiwa, A. (2010). Perspectives in Afrocentric Counselling. Zimbabwe Open University. Harare.

Clinebell, H. (1994). Basic Types of pastoral Counselling. Nashville. Abingdon Press.

Dimkapa, D. I. and Wilcox,  L. A. (2010). Married Couples Perceptions of Family Stress. Asian Social Science. Vol, No.12.

Gerkin, V.C. (1994). Counselling in the Pastoral and Spiritual Context. McGraw-Hill. International Amazon.

Gladding, S.T. (1998). Counselling: A Comprehensive Profession. London. Merrill Publishing Company.

Kaye, J. S. (n.d.). On Relationships and Couples Counselling. Retrieved from http://www.drjeffkaye.com/relationships.

Klassen, D. & Turgeon, P. (1981). The Effect of Rogerian Counselling Conditions on Locus Control. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. Vol 4, Issue 2, pp. 89-99

Kanyowa, T. (2003). Marriage and Family Counselling. Zimbabwe Open University. Harare.

Robert, G.B & Diane, B. (1997). Intentions to Seek Marriage Counseling. National Council on Family Relations. Vol. 46, No.3 pp. 299-304.

Mackenzie, V. M. (1995). Domestic Violence in Africa. Washington D. C., Brunswick Publishing Cooperation.

Mafumbate, R., Gwitimah, A. R. and Mutswanga, P. (2010). Pastoral Counselling. Harare. Zimbabwe Open University.

Mamwenda, J.S. (2006). Educational Psychology: An African Perspective. Isando. Heinemann Publishers.

McMillan, J. H. and Shummacher, S. (1993). Research in Education: A Conceptual Introduction. New York. Harper Collins College Publishers.

Muchengetwa, S. (2010). Advanced Research Methods. Harare. Zimbabwe Open University.

Morna, C.L. & Chingamuka, S. (n.d).  Violence against Women Baseline Study. Available from http://www.genderlinks.org.za/article/violence-against-women-baseline-study-zimbabwe-2013-11-20

Ncube, W. et al (1997). Continuity and Change: The Family in Zimbabwe. Harare. WLSA-Research Project in Zimbabwe.

Tashakkori, A. and Teddlie, C. (1998). Mixed Methodology: Combined Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Oaks. CA Sage.

Vogel, D. L., Stephen. R.W and Lisa, M. L. (2007). Avoidance of Counseling: Psychological Factors That Inhibit Seeking Help. Journal of Counseling and Development. Volume 85

Zindi, F. and Makotore, S. (2000). Educational Psychology. Module PGDE 303. Harare. Zimbabwe Open University.

Call for Papers/Books/Thesis

Call for Scholarly Articles


Authors from around the world are invited to send scholary articles that suits the scope of this journal. The journal is currently open to submissions and will process and publish articles monthly in two yearly issues.


The journal is centered on quality and goes about its processes in a very timely fashion. Seasoned editors/reviewers will be consulted to review each article(s), profer quality evaluations and polish the articles with expertise before publication.


Simply send your article(s) as an e-mail attachment to manuscripts@acad.gjournals.org or manuscripts.igj@gmail.com.


Call for Books


You are also invited to submit your books for online or print publication. We publish books related to all academic subject areas.    Submit as an e-mail attachment to books@journals.acadpub.online.


Call for Thesis

             



Search

Login Form

Other Journals


Newletter


Sponsored