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Occup Ther Int. 2014 Dec;21(4):186-95. doi: 10.1002/oti.1379. Epub 2014 Oct 18.

Intercultural partnering for the benefit of South Africa township high school students.

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Department of Occupational Therapy, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA, USA.


An intercultural partnership was formed to meet South African township high schools' need to provide career education and identify barriers and hope in relation to career choice. The objective of this study was to collect data on the students' perceptions of career choice, barriers prohibiting students from engaging in a career of choice and their general hopefulness. A non-experimental, descriptive study was used to collect both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis strategies was used. A significant difference was found based on gender in relation to having career options and with regard to how knowledge about careers is gained. Despite barriers to career choice, students are hopeful about the future. Occupational deprivation is a risk factor for South African youth living in disadvantaged communities. Results are from two township high schools in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. English as a second language may have influenced data analysis. Future research must explore the role of occupational therapy in South African township high schools and the issue of career choice among South African youth.


South Africa; career choice; intercultural partnering

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