n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Youth crime and violence

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



The increased use of technology and global access to information combined with the changing nature of the traditional family structure have resulted in a large number of young people who, while technically smarter and more astute, lack the fundamental discipline and support most commonly seen in two-parent traditional families. Coupled with the new, materialistic images portrayed by the surrogate parents and role models from film, television and music, to which the youth (many of whom are 'latchkey' children) are exposed during their formative years, this climate has caused increased delinquency and criminal behaviour among the young people of The Bahamas, the Caribbean and the wider world.

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