Violence, the number one worry for Bajans – study

A new study shows that Barbadians are deeply concerned about the level of violence “creeping into society” and are anxious to see it halted as soon as possible.

The finding is contained in the Barbados at 50: National Values Assessment, details of which were released this afternoon at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business.

It shows that violence is the number one worry for Barbadians, followed by crime and gangs, drug abuse and guns.

Barbadians are also concerned about the infiltration of American culture on the society, the focus on materialism, the rejection of hard work as well as a seeming “laid-backness” and entitlement within the society.

The national survey, conducted by the Special Studies Unit of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) between January and March of this year, captured the views of more than 1,000 respondents, representing a wide cross-section of Barbadians.

Respondents also highlighted intolerance, adoption of other cultures, gossiping and substance abuse among values which they said the country had not lost, but needed to quickly discard.

When it came to those values they wanted the society to hold on to, respondents said being loyal to family was most important, followed by being thrifty, being hard-working, showing courage and being hospitable.

However, in this category being charitable, being responsible for their actions, being tolerant towards different beliefs, being modest and being forgiving were less important, based on the responses.

The survey also targeted educational institutions, including sixth forms, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic and the University of the West Indies.

In addition to assessing values, the survey also sought to establish how they have changed over time.

The top three areas where increases were seen over time were with having material possessions, owning a vehicle and having social networks while the greatest declines were seen in terms of respecting older generations, knowing your neighbours and obeying the law.

Limited change was observed in terms of having clean surroundings, being independent of others, having a job and buying local goods.

However, while having a job is still very important to Barbadians, marriage is not. Being Religious was also rated as moderately important.

Director of SALISES Professor Don Marshall also made a point of commenting on how Barbadians viewed the issue of tolerance.

He explained that while “we might be tolerant of people with alternative lifestyles
. . . that’s not to say we are embracing them.

“So tolerance in one sense may appear to be a value to engender and embolden, but at the same time tolerance is arms length that otherizes other people and just gives them respect by way of tolerating them.

“Maybe that’s not the way the society should go,” he added.

21 Responses to Violence, the number one worry for Bajans – study

  1. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite October 10, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Government were warned …decades ago.!
    What have they done…?
    Too late now ..! Or is it ?

  2. Jennifer October 10, 2017 at 4:39 am

    American culture????? Oh no, just keep the BRITISH one, same cohort, different brother idiots. Why did this study not tackle this pigeon hole cirriculum and school cannery. This entire study was like having a loaded pea shooter gun (nothing high powered) and not knowing the targets to shoot. This is why all of these studies usually depend on where the head of the researchers is at. Major problem has clearly become the box.

    • Jennifer October 10, 2017 at 7:42 am

      IGNORANCE and the cloning of a Nation.
      mentality – From warriors to subjectivity.
      culture + family values

      Let the study tackle the above. shoot, forgot we are playing out a Hansel and Gretel pantomime and all the bread crumbs has been eaten. Should have used pebbles at the beginning.

      • Jennifer October 10, 2017 at 7:50 am

        Oh I forgot we were civilized – “thanks for nothing”. no wonder this people is in such a disoriented FU state of affairs as evidenced above.

  3. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe October 10, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Nah that’s a joke. high cost of living and high taxation have to be de #1 worry

    • Kadri Walcott
      Kadri Walcott October 10, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Which leads to unemployment, which leads to crime…

  4. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown October 10, 2017 at 7:06 am

    American culture? Hah funny he should bring that up…everything de Americans do dem same ppl want to try to impose on the Bajans. Materialism? Let me see you have a government who not to long ago was making noise bout them should have a Mercedes to drive but them
    don’t think that falls under the same category. Government more concern bout being ashow horse then governing for the people. Next when you start allowing any and everybody into Barbados, you don’t think more than likely them gine bring they nasty habits with them and more than likely try to spread it before them adopt your culture. What part of colonization dem don’t get. Did the same thing not happened in slavery? Look besides being warm decades ago, you all allowed that. You got foreigners employed where your nationals should be working- so what the youth to do if they can’t find work. Unemployment is link to high crime. How the guns and and drugs getting in the country next question??

  5. seagul October 10, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Barbados today–burying it’s head in sand like the proverbial ostrich—Violence!!

  6. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd October 10, 2017 at 7:29 am


  7. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn October 10, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Anton Brown. If the slaves didn’t come to the Caribbean islands. We will not be here talking about foreigners .Tell me something ; when a Bajan is in America or Canada what they DOES call them foreigners or WestIndian. Foreigners bringing the guns to BARBADOS. You not even have the common sense to know that most of these habits coming from watching tv from America. A lot of these jobs that foreigners have . BAJAN refused them . MOST OF them rather go on the block and sell grugs because government refused to put LAWS in place to protect their workers. They want to give a person $150 to work in a store for a week.

    • Anton Brown
      Anton Brown October 10, 2017 at 11:58 am

      You a real illiterate clown. Tell you what when you learn to read we will discuss. You hear me disagreeing with the man or asking how we get there. You neither have common sense or education so go figure. Can’t talk to fools

  8. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn October 10, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Don Marshall is talking from a political point a view. He is a DLP. That is how people talk when they belong to particular party. Not just you. When the government change. Then you will be talking against the New government. People get PAID to defend their party. You will never say that high unemployment is causing a lot of these crimes. You blaming it on Drugs. Why you didn’t not say Marijuana. You know why you didn’t say Marijuana because a lot of you smoking marijuana at the university.Tell your government to legalize marijuana and a lot of these crimes will stop. You don’t have the guts to tell your government to legalize marijuana. You is a very weak person when it comes to certain topic like legalizing marijuana.

  9. Neil Edwards October 10, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Angus Benn, you are an idiot and clearly ignorant of many things.

  10. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce October 10, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Joint number one worry: Violence and the state of the Health Service.

  11. Alex Alleyne October 10, 2017 at 11:34 am


  12. Milli Watt October 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    could have told you that for free

  13. Jennifer October 10, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    If violence is the number one worry for “bajans” then we can see where the overall minds are at in this place, and there is absolutely no hope for pattern change of any kind. So keep your pillows, blankets, and that Novocain and continue to suffer peacefully and QUIETLY and don’t even complain.

  14. Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    OCTOBER 10TH, 2017

    World day against the death penalty

    On 10 October 2017, the 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty aims at raising awareness about the reasons why people living in poverty are at a greater risk of being sentenced to death and executed.

  15. Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    10 things you can do to end the death penalty

    1.    Organize a public debate and a movie screening with exonerees, victims of terrorism, murder victim’s families, experts, to raise awareness on the reality of the death penalty. See our mobilization kit for useful tips!
    2.    Organize an art exhibition (photo, drawings, posters) or a theatre performance.
    3.    Organize a demonstration, a sit-in, a ‘die-in,’ a flash mob.
    4.    Join the events prepared for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.
    5.    Call upon your government officials to follow the recommendations for World Day by using our model letter to governments of retentionist countries.
    6.    Write to a prisoner on death row.
    7.    Donate to the World Coalition against the Death Penalty or another group working to end the death penalty.
    8.    Follow the social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter: #nodeathpenalty
    9.    Mobilize the media to raise awareness on the issue of the death penalty.
    10.  Participate in “Cities Against the Death Penalty/Cities for Life” on 30 November 2017.

  16. MARIA Holder October 10, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Don’t know if I necessarily agree with Angus Benn but Don Marshall’s credibility was ‘shot’ a long time ago

    • Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      You have no idea what you are talking about.


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