n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Exploring adolescent learners' experiences of school violence in a township high school

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



Rates of violence in South Africa are disturbingly high, constituting one of the most significant public mental health challenges in South Africa. Township (high) schools are especially prone to violence due to several factors, thereby influencing the learners' experience thereof. This article, based on a specific case study, focuses on exploring adolescent learners' unique experiences of school violence in a township high school, which may assist in understanding the phenomenon, and informing school prevention and/or intervention programmes/strategies for this and similar contexts. Conclusions drawn from the study are that school violence is a multifaceted phenomenon with unique contextual characteristics and, based on these findings, it is recommended that a holistic and an integrated approach be taken when dealing with violence in these and similar schools.

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