Exploring psychological well-being among South African Mothers and children

  • Nicolette Roman
  • Kelvin Mwaba
  • Willy Lens


A review of the literature indicates a growing interest among researchers seeking to understand psychological well- being. However, relatively few studies on the subject have been conducted in South Africa.

The aim of the study was to ascertain self-esteem and life satisfaction as indicators of psychological well-being among a sample of South African mothers and their children.

Participants were a convenience sample of 245 mothers and their children residing in Cape Town, South Africa. Data was collected using the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory and Satisfaction with Life Scale.

The results showed that the majority of mothers and children attained medium scores on measures of self-esteemand satisfaction with life.

The data also showed a significant positive relationship [r = .14, p < .05] between mother and child self-esteem levels. For both mothers and children, satisfaction with life levels was significantly related to self-esteem levels. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Self-esteem, satisfaction with life, psychological well-being, socio-economic status, marital


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