n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The attitude, level of knowledge and perceptions of learners regarding crime in society : the Thusa Bana study

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



This report is based on a multidisciplinary study called THUSA BANA (help to children in Tswana) which was undertaken by the Faculty of Health Sciences of the former Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education. The team was comprised of members drawn from the departments of Social Work, Psychology, Nutrition, Consumer Science, Physiology and Human Movement Science. The study follows up on THUSA (Transition, Health and Urbanisation in South Africa study) where the focus was on the effect of urbanisation on the general health status of the African population. This study took place amongst a representative number of learners between the ages of 10 and 15 in the North West Province regarding their bio-psychosocial well-being. This article reports on a section of the study, namely the Social Work response to the attitude, knowledge base and perceptions of participants regarding crime. A number of recommendations were made with regard to aspects such as the improvement of the general image and functioning of the police service, the availability of psycho-social counselling to victims of crime, strategies to uplift the moral standards and values of the population and the involvement of all community members in the prevention of crime.

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