Researcher defends statements about brutal beating of boys by mothers create killers
Social anthropologist Dr Herbert Gayle is defending arguments he made last week which suggest mothers are among the major factors which lead boys into criminality later in life.
He says child abuse is too common in Jamaica.
He says the abuse often comes from mothers who are of the misguided notion that they are benefiting the child from their actions.
Gayle insists there is data to support his claims and says it is a tragedy that there are some who would want to bury these findings.
Gayle was speaking at the annual Philosophy Day put on by the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) yesterday.