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01-26-2007, 09:47 AM
Child witnesses traumatised - Exposure to murder desensitises children - Survey

A survey on the impact of violence on children has found that 80 per cent of them had witnessed five to eight murders or had known five to eight murder victims.

The research done by Dr. Claudette Crawford-Brown, lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work at the University of the West Indies (UWI), examined 115 children, drawn from two primary schools, over a period of two years. All of the children were from communities with a history of violence.

The survey also revealed that approximately 10 per cent of the sample had witnessed fewer than four murders, while the remaining 10 per cent had witnessed nine or more murders.

"In one case a child reported that he had witnessed 'plenty plenty more than nine, Miss, but not as much as 20'," said Dr. Crawford-Brown, in a UWI report entitled: 'Research for Development'.

Traumatic Incidents

Dr. Crawford-Brown noted that, in a majority of the cases investigated, the children had been exposed to multiple types of traumatic incidents involving gun warfare and/or violent injury.

According to Dr. Crawford-Brown, given the nature of the trauma that the children experienced, it was surprising that only a small proportion of the sample interviewed, exhibited symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other disorders usually associated with exposure to that level of violence.

"This suggests that there were specific adaptive (or maladaptive - "The Ah Nuh Nutten Syndrome") responses that the children had developed as coping mechanisms which requires further investigation," said Dr. Crawford Brown.

In investigating the "Ah Nuh Nutten Syndrome", the researcher developed a model to explain the range of reactions that are displayed by Jamaican children and adolescents, as a result of the various forms of violence they experience.

"The survey results suggest these reactions include, but are not confined to, forms of reactive depression which are similar to those which gave rise to various names previously assigned to inner-city urban Jamaican gangs, such as the Nah live fi Nutten Crew, which links back to older names which emerged out of the 1970s such as the The Born Fi Dead Posse," the report said.

Dr. Crawford-Brown noted that the findings suggest that, if these children continue to grow up without intervention, the society may be producing a set of children who are at risk of developing, or have already developed a pervasive sense of hopelessness and an almost trivialised sense of death and dying.

"This is manifested by the mind-set of criminalised youth who espouse the "Mek a Duppy Syndrome" when referring to the act of killing someone," she said.

Source (http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20070126/lead/lead1.html)

01-26-2007, 10:53 AM
First time hearing that term...

01-26-2007, 11:14 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: coolbeans</div><div class="ubbcode-body">First time hearing that term... </div></div>

01-26-2007, 11:23 AM
fus mi a hear it too

Tuff Gong
01-26-2007, 11:46 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RichD</div><div class="ubbcode-body">fus mi a hear it too </div></div>

If you had been listening to Laing &amp; Co in the early days you would have heard it. It is vogue!

01-26-2007, 12:23 PM
yuh kno ... dats why mi post the article bout de "young man" dat get beheaded in St JAmes

.. bet those who "came for him" was young too ..

Tuff Gong
01-26-2007, 01:40 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sinco01</div><div class="ubbcode-body">yuh kno ... dats why mi post the article bout de "young man" dat get beheaded in St JAmes

.. bet those who "came for him" was young too .. </div></div>

Most likely youth killing off youths!

01-26-2007, 01:46 PM
mi was a go ask fi speculation on what dem did inna but mi know how dat go over...

Tuff Gong
01-26-2007, 04:22 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RichD</div><div class="ubbcode-body">mi was a go ask fi speculation on what dem did inna but mi know how dat go over... </div></div>


Look at this it seems as if the police/residents are so-called stumbling over dead bodies all tis week.

Fri Jan 26, 2007 <span style="color: #CC0000">Three unidentified bodies discovered in the Coporate area</span>

Homicide detectives were kept busy Friday morning as they investigated the discovery of three unidentified bodies in separate sections of the Corporate area.
<span style="color: #FF6600">The discovery is the third of its kind since 2:30 Thursday afternoon when residents reportedly stumbled on the body of a young male on Kingsway Avenue in Kingston 10.

Investigators say the man, who is believed to be homeless, was discovered in a crouched position.
He was clad only in underwear.

The cause of death has not been ascertained.</span>

<span style="color: #000099">(TG: This was in my area)</span>

In the latest incident, crime scene detectives were called to Perkins Boulevard in Kingston where the body of an unidentified man was found in an open lot.

Police say his throat was slashed.

The body was clad in a green and grey underpant, with the hands and feet bound.

The body is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 5 feet 6 inches long.

And the Denham Town Police were called to Beeston Street, Downtown Kingston Friday morning, where the body of another unidentified man was found in a barrel.

Up to post time crime scene personnel were still processing the area where the bodies were found.