Abel, Wendel D.; Fox, Kristin; Forrester, S.; Hickling, Frederick W.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Community Health and Psychiatry
Antisocial and Aggresssive Behaviour: Prevalence and Risk Factors [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
53 Suppl. 5
Objective: This study seeks to evaluate anti-social and aggressive behaviour and to identify factors associated with these behaviours among adolescents in Jamaica. Method: This study utilised data collected in a cross sectional study of adolescents 10 to 18 years old, in schools in 19 Caribbean countries by Pan American Health Organization. In Jamaica, a randomised cluster sample consisting of 2, 635 students was chosen. An 87-item forced choice questionnaire was administered using variate, bi-variate and multi-variate analysis. The relationship between sexual behaviour and a number of socio-demographic variables was examined. This was done using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences SPSS version 11. Conclusion: The level of antisocial behaviour and the potential for agressive behaviour is higher in boys than girls. Physical abuse, relationship with father, relationship with teacher, self-reported performance in school, parental drinking and a number of sexual partners were identified as associated factors.....