Child-Headed Households

I have been contracted as a research consultant to Chiastolite Professional Services, who won a tender from the Gauteng Department of Social Development to conduct research on child-headed households in the Gauteng province of South Africa. The aim of the study is to describe the epidemiology and characteristics of child-headed households.

A two-stage data collection process was followed. In stage one we planned to conduct a census of all child-headed households in the province - estimated to be about 10,000 families. In stage two we planned conduct an anonymous indepth survey with a sample of approximately 500 families using systematic sampling to ensure a representative sample. As it turned out, the estimate of child-headed households was grossly overestimated, and less than 100 households could be identified after an exhaustive search of the community. All of the households were included in both stages of data collection.

My role in the project was to design the study, perform the literature review, design the data collection tools, design the MS Access databases that managed the data, analyse the data and write the report. We are currently in the final stages of the project, with the report due by the end of August 2008.

I am hoping to publish a paper on the resiliencies/strengths of child-headed households.

This page last updated: 29 July 2008