Views of Christian fathers of their role as mentors in the transmission of values within the family context
There is a crisis in society with respect to peoples’ values. Families are living in an era of moral anxiety and not only South Africa but also the rest of the world is suffering from a value-dilemma. Homes, schools and institutions have problems with the behaviour and values of children. This study explored and described the views about Christian fathers of their role as mentor in the transmission of values within the family context.
An interpretive description approach was followed using purposive voluntary sampling. Data was collected by means of semi-structured interviews with the designated group in the broader Tlokwe Municipality. Field notes were taken after each interview. Data analysis was conducted using open coding as well as using an independent co-coder.
The results indicated that Christian fathers view their role as vital and relevant in the current situation of families. The six main themes that emerged from the semi-structured interviews with the fathers were their personal experiences of mentorship while growing up, the expectations of the father as mentor in the lives of children, the importance of values, the importance of mentorship, the problematic factors preventing mentoring and the transmission of values and the role of the father should be emphasized in the home.
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