Youth Violence

Sources and Solutions in South Africa

Product Attributes

  • Soft Cover
  • 9781919895871
  • 432 pages
  • 2012


Ward, C (Editor) ; Dawes, A (Editor) ; van der Merwe, A (Editor)


UCT Press


R 453.00

About this Publication:

Youth violence: Sources and solutions in South Africa thoroughly and carefully reviews the evidence for risk and protective factors that influence the likelihood of young people acting aggressively.  Layers of understanding are built by viewing the problem from a multitude of perspectives, including the current situation in which South African youth are growing up, perspectives from developmental psychology, the influences of race, class and gender, and of the media.  The book then reviews the evidence for effective interventions in the contexts of young people’s lives – their homes, their schools, their leisure activities, with gangs, in the criminal justice system, in cities and neighbourhoods, and with sexual offenders.  In doing so, thoughtful suggestions are made for keeping an evidence-based perspective while (necessarily) adapting interventions for developing world contexts, such as South Africa.  Youth violence in South Africa: Sources and solutions is a valuable addition to the library of anyone who has ever wondered about youth violence, or wanted to do something about it.

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The electronic version of Youth Violence: Sources and Solutions in Africa is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non-Commercial - No Derivative Works 3.0 South Africa License.

Contents Include:

  • Chapter One: Youth Violence in South Africa: Setting the Scene – Catherine L. Ward, Andrew Dawes & Richard Matzopoulos
  • Chapter Two: Gender, Class, ‘Race’ and Violence – Don Foster
  • Chapter Three: The Development of Youth Violence: an Ecological Understanding – Amelia van der Merwe, Andrew Dawes & Catherine L. Ward
  • Chapter Four: The Situation of the Youth in South Africa – Saadhna Panday, Chitra Ranchod, Busani Ngcaweni & Soraya Seedat
  • Chapter Five: Preventing the Development of Youth Violence in the Early Years: Implications for South African Practice – Mark Tomlinson, Andrew Dawes & Alan J. Flisher
  • Chapter Six: School-based Youth Violence Prevention Interventions – Anik Gevers & Alan J. Flisher
  • Chapter Seven: Interventions for Out-of-School Contexts – Lisa Wegner & Linda Caldwell
  • Chapter Eight: Intervening with Youths in Gangs – Adam Cooper & Catherine L. Ward
  • Chapter Nine: Youth Sex Offending: The South African Context, Risks and Effective Management – Amelia van der Merwe, Ulrich Meys & Samantha Waterhouse
  • Chapter Ten: Screen Media Violence and the Socialisation of Young Viewers – Jane Stadler
  • Chapter Eleven: Interventions for Young Offenders: What we Know about what ‘works’ in Diversion Programmes – Amelia van der Merwe & Andrew Dawes
  • Chapter Twelve: Addressing Youth Violence in Cities and Neighbourhoods – Margaret Shaw
  • Chapter Thirteen: The South African Context: Future Directions in Research and Practice -  Amelia van der Merwe, Andrew Dawes & Catherine L. Ward

Of Interest and Benefit to:

Academics, policy-makers, those who develop and manage violence prevention programmes. The Departments of Justice, Social Development and Correctional Services; the National Prosecuting Authority; Youth diversion service providers (e.g. NICRO); youth-oriented NGOs (e.g., RAPCAN); professional groups of public health practitioners, criminologists, psychologists