Ububele is an Nguni word meaning kindness.


Research and Publications

Throughout its history, Ububele has been part of academic research linked to a number of academic institutions including the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Pretoria and the Anna Freud Centre, London.

We have hosted many leading academics from South Africa and around who presented papers and led workshops and conferences.
Ububele staff and associates have also produced many publications over the years which we are making as accessible as possible.

We have included some publications on this website in order to spread knowledge.
Please be sure to acknowledge material according to copyright law, and to ask permission to reproduce by emailing Tony Hamburger, Ububele Executive Director: tony@ubuele.org

Aspous, B. & Zaytoon, A. “A South African Study on Caregiver Perceptions of a Parent-Infant Intervention Implemented to Foster Secure Attachment.” Infant Mental Health Journal Vol 35, Number 6, Nov-Dec 2014. The official journal of the World Association of Infant Mental Health.

Bromley, K. 2010. “Ububele Baby Mat Project: Caregivers’ experiences and perceptions.” Dissertation for MA in Clinical Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand.

Cwele, N. 2012. “The integration of ‘Western Psychotherapeutic’ and “African Traditional/Cultural’ knowledge systems regarding mother-child relationships by new African mothers who access the Baby Mat service.” Honours in Psychology Research Project, University of the Witwatersrand.

Nkosi, N.S. 2014. “The Baby Mat Project: Similarities and differences between the experiences and perceptions of mothers and therapists.” Dissertation for MA in Clinical Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand.

Frost, K. “The Ububele Baby Mat Project: a community-based parent-infant intervention at primary health care clinics in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg. South African Journal of Psychology (SAJP) 42 (4) 2012.

Frost, K. “Thinking about contextual deprivation in mother-infant work in South Africa.” Psycho-analytic Psychotherapy in South Africa (PPSA) 20 (2) 2012.

Peers, R. & Frost, K. “The Ububele Baby Mat Project: A Brief and Cost-Effective Community-Based Parent-Infant Intervention.” Perspectives in Infant Mental Health (IMF) 21 (3) 2013.

Psychoanalytic Institute of New England (PINE) Bulletin. 2007. Various articles about Ububele.

The Science of Baby Bonding in Living and Loving, March 2015, quoting Katharine Frost, Ububele Educational Psychologist. Also includes tips on bonding.


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