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From fear to resilience: adolescents’ experiences of violence in inner-city Johannesburg, South Africa

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, July 2017
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From fear to resilience: adolescents’ experiences of violence in inner-city Johannesburg, South Africa
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BMC Public Health, July 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12889-017-4349-x
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Fiona Scorgie, Deborah Baron, Jonathan Stadler, Emilie Venables, Heena Brahmbhatt, Kristin Mmari, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe


For adolescents growing up in poor urban South African settings, violence is often a part of daily life and has lasting effects on physical and mental health outcomes in adulthood. We conducted a qualitative study to document and understand the forms of interpersonal violence experienced by adolescents living in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. In this article, we explore how violence is experienced differently by adolescent boys and girls, how they conceptualise 'dangerous' and 'safe' spaces in their neighbourhood and what gaps exist in available services for youth in Hillbrow. The article draws on data collected in the formative phase of the 'Wellbeing of Adolescents in Vulnerable Environments' (WAVE) Study of challenges faced by adolescents (15-19 years) growing up in impoverished parts of five cities. This article reports on analysis using only data from the Johannesburg site. Using both purposive and snowball sampling to select participants, we conducted in-depth interviews (n = 20) and community mapping exercises with female (n = 19) and male (n = 20) adolescents living in Hillbrow, as well as key informant interviews with representatives of residential shelters, CBOs, and NGOs working with youth (n = 17). Transcripts were coded manually and analysed using an inductive thematic analysis approach. Both girls and boys reported high exposure to witnessing violence and crime. For girls, the threat of sexual harassment and violence was pervasive, while boys feared local gangs, the threat of physical violence, and being drawn into substance-abuse. Home was largely a safe haven for boys, whereas for girls it was often a space of sexual violence, abuse and neglect. Some adolescents developed coping mechanisms, such as actively seeking out community theatres, churches and other places of sanctuary from violence. Community-based services and shelters that support adolescents reported a lack of resources, overall instability and difficulties networking effectively. Adolescents in Hillbrow commonly witnessed and had direct experience of many forms of violence in their environment, and these experiences differed markedly by gender. Interventions that build young peoples' social capital and resilience are essential for reducing violence-related trauma and long-term health and social consequences for adolescents in this community.

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Unknown 171 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 42 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 15%
Student > Bachelor 21 12%
Researcher 10 6%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 5%
Other 25 15%
Unknown 38 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 34 20%
Social Sciences 33 19%
Nursing and Health Professions 27 16%
Medicine and Dentistry 17 10%
Sports and Recreations 3 2%
Other 15 9%
Unknown 42 25%

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