- In recent years, my research
has had two central main strands. The first is the study of adolescent
responses to political change, and the second is research on violence to
children. The first area is an ongoing research programme that studies
cohorts of adolescents over time to assess changes in their intergroup
orientations, future life perspectives, and internalisation of
democratic values. The programme commenced in the early 1990s and
- My interest
in children exposed to violence goes back a long way, commencing with
research on the impact of political violence to children in the 1980s,
and extending to the study of children affected by war in other
countries. Currently, my research attempts to contribute to our
understanding of the environmental and psychosocial factors that place
South African children at risk for exposure to various forms of
interpersonal violence (including child abuse). Related work is being
conducted in the field of violence prevention.
- Finally, as
a function of a broad interest in research on children in difficult
circumstances, I am involved in a large scale study of† the needs of children affected by
HIV/AIDS (i.e. children living with infected caregivers as well as
children whose caregivers have died), being conducted by the Childrenís
Dawes, A.R.L., Bray, R. and Van Der Merwe, A. (eds) 2007. Monitoring
Child Well-Being: a South African rights based approach: 1-688. Cape Town:
Townsend, L. and Dawes, A.R.L.
2007. Intentions to Care for Children Orphaned by HIV/AIDS: A Test of the
Theory of Planned Behaviour. Journal of
Applied Social Psychology, 37(4): 822-843.
Donald, D., Dawes, A. & Louw, J.
(Eds.) (2000). Addressing childhood adversity.† Cape Town: David Philip.
G. & Dawes A. (1999). Adolescentís socio-political perspectives
on South African society: An investigation into the effects of the
social change between 1992 and 1996. Report for the Centre for
Science Development (156pp).
- Finchilescu, G. & Dawes, A.† (2001). Adolescentís perceptions of
the future of South Africa: a 40 year perspective.† In C. Stones (Ed.).† Socio-political and psychological
perspectives on South Africa.†
New York: Nova Science Publishers.
- Dawes, A.† (2001). Psychologies for Liberation:
Views from elsewhere.† In D.
Christie, R. Wagner & D. Winter (Eds.), Peace conflict and
violence. Peace psychology for the 21st century.† Engelwood Cliffs N.J.: Prentice Hall.
- Dawes, A. & Donald, D. (2000).
Improving childrenís chances: developmental theory and effective
interventions in community contexts. In Donald, D., Dawes, A. &
Louw, J. (Eds.)† Addressing
childhood adversity.† Cape
Town: David Philip.
G., Molteno, C., Finchilescu, G. & Dawes, A. (2001). Behavioural and
emotional problems in children with intellectual disability attending
special schools in Cape Town, South Africa. Journal of Intellectual
Disability Research, 45(6), 515-520.