Training Emerging Researchers in Constrained Contexts: Conducting Quality of Life Research with Children in South Africa

  • Sabirah Adams
  • Shazly SavahlEmail author
  • Maria Florence
  • Kyle Jackson
  • Donnay Manuel
  • Mulalo Mpilo
  • Deborah Isobell
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 79)


The chapter aims to briefly sketch the extent of Quality of Life (QoL) research relating to children in South Africa, to introduce the shift to subjective QoL, and to propose a syllabus for training emerging researchers for conducting QoL research with children. It proceeds by elaborating on the shift toward and extent of QoL research in South Africa and introduces the QoL research with children in this context. The focus then shifts to contextualising South Africa, particularly in terms of legislation and objective indicators relating to children. The key aspect of the chapter is to propose a syllabus for teaching QoL research with children. In particular five aspects are put forward, that is: contextualising children and childhood in South Africa; children’s QOL and inequalities; theories of children’s subjective well-being (SWB); methodological considerations; and children’s rights and SWB. To this end, the goal of preparing emerging researchers in this field of study would be to continue working toward improving the lives of children across all spheres.


Emerging researchers To teach QOL Children QOL research Constrained contexts South Africa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sabirah Adams
    • 1
  • Shazly Savahl
    • 2
    Email author
  • Maria Florence
    • 2
  • Kyle Jackson
    • 2
  • Donnay Manuel
    • 2
  • Mulalo Mpilo
    • 2
  • Deborah Isobell
    • 2
  1. 1.Language Development Group, Centre for Higher Education DevelopmentUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Child and Family Studies Faculty of Community and Health SciencesUniversity of the Western CapeCape TownSouth Africa

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