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This article aims to evaluate the degree to which the Court for Sexual Offences in Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa and associated auxiliary institutions meet the needs of the families of the victims of sex-crimes. The perceptions of 24 family members of victims were obtained. These individuals generally perceived the functioning of the Court and its(More)
The way in which children perceive their rights along with the type of rights they feel they should be afforded, is affected by a variety of factors. The studies reviewed in this article show that aspects such as level of development, culture, socio-economic status, age, gender, environment, religious affiliation and contextualization all play an important(More)
OBJECTIVE Depression will be the most common mental disorder by 2020, and it is also expected to be the second leading cause of disability, after cardiac diseases. Moreover, depression is likely to be a major public health burden in the future. This study evaluates the influences of culture on the symptoms of depression among Sesotho speakers. METHOD An(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to investigate the clinical presentation of schizophrenia among Sesotho speakers. METHOD A sample of 100 participants diagnosed with schizophrenia was evaluated using the Psychiatric Interview Questionnaire. RESULTS Core symptoms of schizophrenia among Sesotho speakers do not differ significantly from other cultures.(More)
In this second of a series of three articles, attention is devoted to the developing role of psychiatrists and psychologists as expert witnesses. As far as psychiatry is concerned, the first recorded use of psychiatric evidence in an English court dates back to the first half of the eighteenth century, but it was not until the nineteenth century that(More)
Very often eyewitnesses are perceived as being accurate due to the confidence in the accuracy of their own testimony. The confidence displayed by an eyewitness may possibly be increased by the method of questioning used by legal professionals and police. The present study examines the confidence-accuracy relationship and the effect the method of questioning(More)
Kohlberg's theory of moral development was based on extensive research done on the reactions of people of all ages to specific moral situational dilemmas. Kohlberg was specifically interested in reasoning processes involved in decision-making. The way in which children perceive their rights is also based on reasoning processes that are inextricably linked(More)
This article evaluates the functioning of the Court for Sexual Offences in Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa at the hand of the perceptions of those professionals most frequently involved with the Court. The findings suggest that professionals involved with this court tend to be positive in their appraisals of the sex-court system. However, the ability(More)
When eyewitnesses are exposed to an event, certain details tend to capture their attention more than other details, which ensures the better recall of the details that were observed. As little research has focussed on the relationship between certain biographical variables (occupation, age, gender, race and retention period) and specific event details, the(More)