The psychosocial well–being of a forgotten South African community: the case of Ndumo, KwaZulu-Natal

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  • Abstract:

    This study investigated the psychosocial well–being of an indigenous cultural community in South Africa,  using a sequential explanatory mixed–methods design. Data on life satisfaction and emotional, social and  psychological well–being were collected from 521 local residents (48% female) of Ndumo in KwaZulu– Natal, South Africa using the Satisfaction–with– Life Scale and Mental Health Continuum. In addition,  interviews were conducted with 20 Ndumo residents (35% female). Findings revealed that community  members had above–average levels of psychosocial well–being and exhibited significant resilience towards countering socio– economic under–resourcing, including poverty and unemployment. The community resources found to aid  resilient living included being able to live off the land, a pleasant climate, personal safety, hope for a better  future, and instrumental, material, and social support from philanthropic organisations.