English: This study focuses on the identification and comparison of resilience qualities in South
African and Belgian single-parent families. The results reveal that the inherent strength
of the family is one of the most important of these qualities. Other important aspects
are a sense of control over the outcomes of life experiences; the family’s orientation
with regard to challenges that have to be faced, and an active orientation with regard
to adaptation in a stressful situation. Children from both countries affirmed the importance
of using the support of family and friends to deal with stressors, and also
perceived their communities as sources of social support.