A Cross-cultural Comparison of Interpersonal Violence in the Lives of College Students from Two Colleges from The Bahamas and the United States of America

William J. Fielding, Christina Risley-Curtiss, Travis W. Cronin

Abstract


There is a dearth of studies that compare interpersonal violence cross nationally. This paper reports the findings of a cross-sectional study which compares and contrasts violence in the lives of 740 college students, as children and as adults, in The Bahamas and the United States of America. Overall, students in The Bahamas were subjected to more violence (more frequently spanked) than their American counterparts. Frequency of spanking when the student was a preteen and teenager were linked to anger outbursts in adulthood, and higher numbers of anger outbursts were linked with violent behaviours of students. Although Bahamian students were exposed to more violence than the American students, this did not result in Bahamian students being more violent than American students in interpersonal relationships. However, Bahamian
students were more likely than American students to anticipate using corporal punishment on their children and to condone violence in marital relationships.

Keywords


Youth and violence; Violence in adolescence - Bahamas; Violence in adolescence - United States

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15362/ijbs.v21i1.230

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