Family connectedness and families dealing with adolescents in conflict with the law
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Every human being has the need to be connected to another to ensure optimal development and progress in life. Adolescents, therefore, are connected to their parents and siblings, and need consistent interaction in their quest to feel valued and accepted, and to have warm and supportive relationships. In South Africa, particularly the Drakenstein area, adolescents are constantly in conflict with the law, which influences family connectedness. Limited research has been done in the South African context on this phenomenon. For this reason, the researcher sought to address this gap in the literature by means of this study. The purpose of the study was to explore and describe the perceived link between family connectedness and families dealing with adolescents in conflict with the law.