n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - A quantitative study on the pro-violence attitudes among learners in South Africa

Special Edition 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


The focus of this article falls on school violence and, more importantly, the attitudes of learners towards violence. It is important to understand the attitudes of learners towards violence. It is important to change delinquent attitudes and behaviour that could contribute to school violence and to develop effective strategies to prevent or reduce school violence. Information was gathered through literature and empirical research. A quantitative research method was used to obtain data from four schools in the Gauteng Tshwane South District. The data was collected by means of a tool, namely the Attitudes towards Violence Scale (AVS). The AVS is a 17-item, self-report measure of attitudes towards physical violence, and is scored according to a five-point scale, with higher scores indicating attitudes that are more pro-violence. The main finding in the article was that learners exhibit pro-violence attitudes. These learners are becoming less offended and less perturbed by the daily use of violence and aggressive behaviour. Learners regard violence as an acceptable and valued activity associated with the norms and values of a culture of violence. Suggestions and recommendations regarding further research on this subject matter were also made.

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