n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The impact of community violence on learners : a study of a school in the Swayimana rural area
|Article Title||The impact of community violence on learners : a study of a school in the Swayimana rural area|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Affiliations||1 University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2 University of KwaZulu-Natal and 3 University of KwaZulu-Natal|
|Publication Date||Jan 2012|
|Pages||38 - 45|
|Issue||Special Edition 1|
|Keyword(s)||Crime and violence in rural community learners, Impact on learners, Post-traumatic stress disorder and Psychological effects|
One of the least understood topics in criminology and criminal justice is rural crime and its effects on young people. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the unique crime and violence issues of rural areas, with a number of studies reporting relatively high levels of violent behaviour and victimisation among rural youth. This qualitative study explores the nature and effects of violence on school-going adolescents in the Swayimana rural area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Study findings suggest that learners face a high risk of exposure to violence; that such exposure is associated with debilitating psychological effects and that 80% of incidents are not reported to the authorities. These findings are discussed in terms of their implications for prevention and for future research.
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