Fernald, Lia C.; Meeks Gardner, Julie
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Caribbean Child Development Centre
Jamaican children's reports of violence at school and home
Social and Economic Studies
Date of Publication
Attempts an unusual approach in order to promote a solution for the participation dilemma for many countries in the Caribbean region which are not part of CARICOM's existing governance structure. It takes as its starting point the challenge posed to the federation of St. Kitts-Nevis and proposes a model that can be effective for such states as well as for all countries, whatever their constitutional status, size and wealth. Indeed, there are several multi-island states, already within CARICOM, which could conceivably face similar problems to that being persistently experienced by the federation of St. Kitts- Nevis. This case then becomes a point of entry into the wider Caribbean governance challenge violence remains one of the most critical problems of contemporary Jamaica. As part of a study of nutrition, growth and stress, 123 children, 8 to 10 years old, from poor communities in Kingston, Jamaica were interviewed about social roles and problem situations using a structured 12-item questionnaire. Almost all of the children (91%) mentioned violence or aggression in response to at least one of the interview questions. The results suggest that children under ten years old living in poor areas of Kingston are exposed to extensive violence and aggression in their everyday life.....