PERCEPTIONS OF RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE: A YOUTH PERSPECTIVE
AbstractYouths constitute a significant and growing sector of the population living in South Africa.Dickson-Tetteh and Ladha (2000:2) state that there are currently about 18 million people underthe age of 20 years, who constitute 44% of the total population. McWhirter, McWhirter,McWhirter and McWhirter (2004:4) suggest that the well-being and stability of society dependon our ability to prepare well-adjusted and responsible young people to step forward to take uptheir roles as the older generation passes. In contemporary society the youth face a host ofchallenges that can impact either positively or negatively on their ability to negotiate thetransition from childhood to adulthood. During adolescence youths complete crucial life-tasksand as such are especially vulnerable to the effects of violence as both perpetrators andvictims.
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