Dr Leonard Johnny grad­u­ates with Doc­tor­ate from UWI

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Last Fri­day, Dr. Leonard Johnny, a re­tired po­lice­man from the Royal St. Lu­cia Po­lice Force re­sid­ing in Choiseul, grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of the West indies with a Doc­tor of Phi­los­o­phy De­gree in Crim­i­nol­ogy and Crim­i­nal Jus­tice. His doc­toral the­sis en­ti­tled, “An Eval­u­a­tion of the Causes of Delin­quency and Vi­o­lence Dis­played by Sec­ondary School Stu­dents: A Case Study of St. Lu­cia,” in­ves­ti­gated two main as­pects of be­hav­ioral pat­terns in delin­quents. Namely, the causes of delin­quency and vi­o­lence dis­played by sec­ondary school stu­dents in St. Lu­cia and the me­di­at­ing role of spe­cific vari­ables on the re­la­tion­ship between some of the tested vari­ables and delin­quency and vi­o­lence.

In this study, he uti­lized com­po­nents of four delin­quency the­o­ries to cre­ate a new the­o­ret­i­cal model which he named the “Four S model.” This model was used to test ten vari­ables in an at­tempt to es­tab­lish what causes sec­ondary school stu­dents in St. Lu­cia to be­have delin­quently and vi­o­lently. He also uti­lized six me­di­at­ing vari­ables to de­ter­mine whether they had an ef­fect on the re­la­tion­ship between four of the tested vari­ables and, delin­quency and vi­o­lence dis­played by sec­ondary school stu­dents. This new model can be used within the wider re­gion and/ or glob­ally to test for the causes of delin­quent and vi­o­lent be­hav­ior.

Dr. Johnny’s study yielded in­trigu­ing re­sults:

Peer re­la­tion­ship, gen­der, low self-es­teem, low self­con­trol, drug and al­co­hol abuse, and parental prac­tices are sig­nif­i­cantly as­so­ci­ated with delin­quency and vi­o­lence dis­played by sec­ondary school stu­dents in St. Lu­cia.

Peer pres­sure greatly in­flu­enced the be­hav­iour of sec­ondary school stu­dents in St. Lu­cia.

Drug and al­co­hol abuse, the use of drugs in the past year and life­time use of drugs me­di­ated the ef­fects of self- es­teem on delin­quency and vi­o­lence dis­played by sec­ondary school stu­dents in St. Lu­cia.

Drug and al­co­hol abuse, use of drugs in the past year and life­time use of drugs; de­viant peers and low self-es­teem me­di­ated the ef­fects of parental prac­tice on delin­quency and vi­o­lence dis­played by sec­ondary school stu­dents in St. Lu­cia.

Males who at­tend sec­ondary schools ap­peared to be more delin­quent and vi­o­lent than fe­males

92 per­cent of the stu­dents sur­veyed in­di­cated that they have con­sumed al­co­hol and 48.7 per­cent of them re­ported that they con­sume al­co­hol on a weekly ba­sis.

Sec­ondary school stu­dents in St. Lu­cia are be­ing in­tro­duced to al­co­hol mainly by their

The use of al­co­hol is

more com­mon than the use of drugs among sec­ondary school stu­dents in St. Lu­cia.

Drug and al­co­hol abuse cause sec­ondary school stu­dents in St. Lu­cia to dis­play a low level of self-con­trol.

Sec­ondary school stu­dents have prob­lems con­trol­ling them­selves be­cause they can­not con­trol their anger.

Dr. Leonard Johnny pre­vi­ously pur­sued and ac­crued an Ad­vance Diploma in Se­cu­rity Man­age­ment from Stone­bridge As­so­ci­ated Col­leges, a Cer­tifi­cate in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion, a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Man­age­ment and Gov­ern­ment, and a Mas­ter’s de­gree in Crim­i­nol­ogy and Crim­i­nal Jus­tice from The Univer­sity of the West Indies.

With a re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer now strapped with a Doc­tor­ate in Crim­i­nal Jus­tice, can he now come to the aid of the Royal St Lu­cia Po­lice Force once more?

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