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  • Did you happen to read the article from the West Indian Journal on Personality Disorder in Convicted Jamaican Murderers. 
  • I did, wasn't that article by Hickling, F.W and Walcott, G.(2013). I really enjoyed it, in fact Hickling and Walcott raised some interesting points in their article as crime and structural and interpersonal violence continues to  steadily increase on the island.
  • In fact their findings suggest homicide to be a significant public mental health problem in Jamaica. Lamenting however that the control of intentional violence is more often than not left to the criminal justice system rather than in the domain of human services professionals  like  psychiatrists, anthropologist and political scientist.
  • Yes, as of the total population assessed 17 (49%) were described as having anormal personality. While the remaining, 11 (31%) were assessed as having anti-socialpersonalities, 6 (17%) were diagnosed with inadequate personalities and on 1 (3%) wasdiagnosed with paranoid personality.  
  • Another key point raised is the large percentage of the convicted murderers who displayed evidence of early paternal rejection revealing much conscious and unconscious anger and repressed hostility towards this rejection, as well as expressing resentment and blame at their father’s desertion. As the majority of the subjects (22,63%) lived for most of their formative life  with their mothers.
  • Yes with a whopping 24 (69%) of men in the study experiencing flogging as punishment of which 14 (40%) were flogged frequently. The flogging produced wales, cut and bruises about the body.  
  • Hey are you all talking about that article on personality disorders in convicted murderers in Jamaica writing by Hunter and Walcott.  Oh yes that coupled with what we in the caribbean would call discipline in the form of beating with straps and or even more extreme punishment more so received by URM than RRM. 
  • Yes we are but it's actually Hickling, F.W and Walcott, G. (2013) thismay have played an important part in accentuation of aggressive drives in urbanmen in addition to a greater degree of resentful rebelliousness againstauthority figures.  
  • We can then agree with Hickling that the poverty in rural and urban Jamaica and the dynamics of inner city garrison communities in our society stand indicted as major causes of personality disorder and insane homicidal violence in this country, and represents a major public health problem in contemporary Jamaica. 
  • Didn't Hickling also argues that violence, originally manifested as rebellion against political, economic and racial exploitation, was turned inward as tribalism and self-destruction, following the  development of Universal Adult Suffrage under the West-minster system of parliamentary democracy in the decade of the 1940s.
  • Don't get me started on those postcolonial garrison communities with high degree of lethal violence occurs. Cause as a direct result of systemic suppression of opportunities for the masses in an effort to keep a few in their position of privilege. 
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