Publications


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The Children's Delphi: considerations for developing a programme for promoting children's self-concept and well-being

Using a child participation framework, this study explored children's perceptions of the nature and content of intervention programmes aimed at improving children's self-concept within two impoverished communities of the Western Cape, South Africa. The Delphi technique was followed with a group of 10 children between the ages of 10 and 12 years who were considered to be knowledgeable experts and authorities on matters affecting their lives and well-being. They suggested that intervention programmes include a focus on safety, the provision of social support, the creation of opportunities for learning and for play, and the provision of basic material needs.


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The use of visual methods to explore how children construct and assign meaning to the self (Elizabeth Benninger, Shazly Savahl)

Description: Using a child participation methodological framework, data were collected - through the use of Photovoice and community maps - with 54 participants between the ages of 9 and 12 as a means of exploring how children construct and assign meaning to the 'self' within two urban communities of Cape Town in South Africa. The study provides implications for intervention programs aimed at improving children’s well-being to be inclusive of activities aimed at improving children’s self-concept, including the construction of safe spaces for children to play, learn, and form meaningful relationships.


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A Systematic Review of Children’s Construction of the Self: Implications for Children’s Subjective Well-being (Elizabeth Benninger, Shazly Savahl)

Description: This research aimed to systematically review academic literature focused on how children construct and assign meaning to the 'self'. The review provides considerations for increased interventions aimed at improving child well-being which must take into account the unique ways in which children construct and assign meaning to the self. Such interventions should be inclusive of the individual and contextual issues influencing children’s self-constructions, including coping skills, structural challenges, and proximal economic and social resources.


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Children’s discursive constructions of the ‘self’ (Elizabeth Benninger, Shazly Savahl)

Description: This study utilized a child participation framework, specifically in the form of focus group discussions, to explore children’s discursive constructions of and meanings assigned to the ‘self’ within two urban communities of the Western Cape, South Africa. The themes of childhood, social connectedness, and children’s spaces were identified as key influences on a child’s self-concept.


Resources


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Future Fighters Teen Program

Description: Future Fighters is a 10-session program which focuses on the development of a healthy future for teens through sessions which promote improvements in self-concept, coping skills, and social support.


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Riding the Waves Curriculum

Description: The Riding the Waves curriculum aims to promote the health, healing, and well-being of young people, especially those who may lack access to formal mental health services. The curriculum applies a range of therapeutic techniques grounded in community, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral psychology as a means of assisting the participants to gain skills in coping with difficult life challenges.


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The Waves for Change Youth & Childcare Worker Resource

This manual is designed to be a resource to assist youth and childcare workers with the facilitation of a successful after-school surf program which promotes the psycho-social well-being of school-age children.