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The psychology of poverty

Johan Janse van Rensburg
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 34, No 1 | a825 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v34i1.825 | © 2013 Johan Janse van Rensburg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 January 2013 | Published: 18 October 2013

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This article investigates the psychological experience of poor people and the pastoral responsibility to guide them towards poverty transition. A qualitative analysis of the narratives of three participants is compared to the enthralling history of Florcy Mabuza who in her book, Poverty mentality: The root of poverty, explains the dangers of a spiritual and emotional mindset that precipitates and feeds the plight of poverty. Using a literature study to interpret the narratives as well as a method of encoding, basic mindsets of poverty and factors that influence this mindset are identified. The study culminates in conclusions to encourage further research and pastoral involvement.


Poverty; pastoral care; poverty transition; qualitative research; encoding


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