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Williams, Lincoln O.
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Social Welfare Training Centre
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Adolescence and violence in Jamaica
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Meeting adolscent development and participation rights: The findings of five research studies on adolescents in Jamaica
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New York
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United Nations Chilren's Fund
Date of Publication
2001
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226-80
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Abstract
Explores the position and perceptions of adolescents to get an insight into how the exposure to violence impacts on this group of citizens. Analyses the views of a sample of 170 adolescents. The views were collected from eighteen focus group disussions, held in three distinct geographical sites across Jamaica. Makes a tentative evaluation as to how well Jamaica is meeting its obligation under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Provides the historical, economic and social contexts in which the voices of the adolescents who took part in the study can be interpreted. Posits that factors such as harshness of conditions and deepening inequality, poverty and insecurity, family and community stress, the incidence of child labour, unemployment and unfinished schooling underlie violence in the society.Identifies the characteristics of modern violence and summarises recent statistics and studies on adolescents' experience and their perception of violence in Jamaica. Details the findings and suggests main areas for strategic intervention.....
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