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Prof Awie GreeffProf Awie Greeff

Qualification          PhD (Stell)


Post: Professor


Lecturing specialization:

Family Psychology

Solution-focused Brief Therapy


Research specialization:

Family Psychology

Family resilience


Current research projects:

1 Family resilience in different study populations

2 The exploration of specific family resilience qualities

3 The development and evaluation of family resilience intervention programmes


Service delivery:

Co-ordinator of Honours Programme

Vice-chair of the AAK (Faculty of Arts)


Selected publications:

Greeff, A.P. & Uys, H. (1996). Behoeftes en verwagtinge ten opsgte van Huweliksvoorbereidingsprogramme. Die Maatskaplikewerk-Navorser-Praktisyn, 9(2), 128-136.

Greeff, A.P. & Huskisson, A. (1997). Distinguishing family and marital characteristics of the sexual child molester? The Social Work Practitioner-researcher, 10(3), 135-144.

Greeff, A.P. & Le Roux, J. (1998). Selfontsluiting en huwelikstevredenheid van pare met adolessente kinders. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 34(2), 163-169.

Greeff, A.P. & Le Roux, M.C. (1999). Parents’ and adolescents' perceptions of a strong family. Psychological Reports, 84, 1219-1224.

Greeff, A.P. (2000). Perceptions of parents and adolescents about aspects of their families. The Social Work Practitioner-researcher, 12(1), 1-9.

Greeff, A.P. & De Bruyne, T. (2000). Conflict management style and marital satisfaction. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 26(4), 321-334.

Greeff, A.P. (2000). Characteristics of families that function well. Journal of Family Issues, 21(8), 948-963.

Greeff, A.P. & Malherbe, H.L. (2001). Intimacy and marital satisfaction in spouses. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 27(3), 247-257.

Hofmeyer, D.G. & Greeff, A.P. (2002). The influence of a vasectomy on the marital relationship and sexual satisfaction of the married man. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 28(4), 339-351.

Viljoen, H.C. & Greeff, A.P. (2002). Huwelikstevredenheid en vryetydsbesteding. Acta Academica, 34(1), 158-174.

Der Kinderen, S. & Greeff, A.P. (2003). Resilience among families where a parent accepted a voluntary teacher’s retrenchment package. South African Journal of Psychology, 33(2), 86-94.

Van der Merwe, A.P. & Greeff, A.P. (2003). Coping mechanisms of unemployed African men with dependents. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 31(2), 91-105.

Van der Poel, A. & Greeff, A.P. (2003). The influence of coronary bypass graft surgery on the marital relationship and family functioning of the patient. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 29(1), 61-77.

Greeff, A.P. & Human, B. (2004). Resilience in families in which a parent has died. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 32(1), 27-42.

Greeff, A.P. & Van der Merwe, S. (2004). Variables associated with resilience in divorced families. Social Indicators Research, 68(1), 59-75.

Watson, N.M. & Greeff, A.P. (2004). An analysis of schema theory and learning theory as explanations for variance in adolescent adjustment to divorce. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 32(5), 437-448.

Wickens, L. & Greeff, A.P. (2005). Sense of family coherence and the utilization of resources by first-year students. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 33(5), 427-441.

Greeff, A.P. & Ritman, I.N. (2005). Individual characteristics associated with resilience in single parent families. Psychological Reports, 96, 36-42.

Malherbe, H. & Greeff, A.P. (2005). Parental guidance for single parents: a solution-focused approach. The Social Work Practitioner-researcher, 17(1), 74- 91.

Greeff, A.P., Vansteenwegen, A., & De Mot, L. (2006). Resiliency in Divorced Families. Social Work in Mental Health, 4(4), 67-81.

Greeff, A.P., Vansteenwegen, A., & Ide, M. (2006). Resiliency in families with a member with a psychological disorder. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 34(4), 285-300.

Greeff, A.P., & Aspeling, E. (2007). Resiliency in South African and Belgian single parent families. Acta Academica, 39(2), 139-157.

Greeff, A.P., & Joubert, A. (2007). Spirituality and resilience in families in which a parent has died. Psychological Reports, 100, 897-900.

Greeff, A.P., & Holtzkamp, J. (2007). The prevalence of resilience in migrant families. Family & Community Health, 30(3), 189-200.

Stander, I., & Greeff, A.P. (2007). The impact of solution-focused brief therapy on young youth offenders. The Social Work Practitioner-researcher, 19(2), 3-18.

Brown-Baatjies, O., Fouché, P., & Greeff, A. (2008). The development and relevance of the Resiliency Model of Family Stress, Adjustment and Adaptation. Acta Academica, 40(1), 78-126.

Greeff, A.P., & Loubser, K. (2008). Spirituality as a resiliency quality in Xhosa-speaking families in South Africa. Journal of Religion and Health, 47(3), 288-301.

Greeff, A.P., & De Villiers, M. (2008). Optimism in family resilience. The Social Work Practitioner-researcher, 20(1), 21-34.

Greeff, A.P., & Du Toit, C. (2009). Resilience in remarried families. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 37(2), 114-126.


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