Street Children's Experiences of Aggression during Interaction with Police

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The research investigated street children's experiences of aggression during interaction with police. The participants were 16 black male street children (aged =13 to 18 years) residing in a temporary shelter in Hillbrow of Johannesburg. Data were collected through phenomenological individual interviews, drawings and group interviews. Street children experienced aggression during interaction with police in a variety of ways which included physical abuse, verbal abuse accompanied by threats, and sexual abuse. Street children associated these experiences of police aggression with negative feelings such as fear, a sense of hopelessness and uncertainty, abandonment/rejection, sadness, loss of trust, disillusionment and intense resentment/vengeance. Life skills facilitation and peer support program could assist these children to interact with the police in healthier ways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-602
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychology in Africa
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • Aggression
  • Experiences
  • Interaction
  • Police
  • Street children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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