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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:01 pm 
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“Aruban Teens Are Well Behaved”

January 14th 2009, Aruba.

ORANJESTAD- The Aruban youth is considerably less violent than the Dutch youth according to the
study Youth Delinquency conducted by the University of Aruba. However the Aruban youth has
relatively twice as many social psychological problems than the Dutch youth. Fortunately the
psychological problems among the Aruban youth do not result in committing crimes and aggressive

Little over 90 percent of the Aruban youth enquired said that they have never used drugs or
alcohol. The study was conducted over a period of 2 years among Aruban youth in the age range of
13 to 17 years.

“Aruban teens are well behaved,” said project leader Hellen van de Wal during the presentation of
the results. “Comparing the youth of Aruba with that of The Netherlands is ideal, because there is
a negative impression of the Aruban youth on the island as well as in The Netherlands. Van de Wal
calls for a halt on bad press in regard to the Aruban youth.

The social psychological problems among the Aruban youth are a result of negligence from both
parents and teachers, said van de Wal. Teenagers are often left alone to fend for themselves after
school hours, and are subjected to other influences that can be bad. The Aruban society is
following the same trend as most western societies where both parents have a job, consequently
less time is being spent supervising and educating children.

Another factor is the big influence tourism had and still has on the Aruban society. Gambling,
drinking, and having pleasure play a prominent role in the way visitors experience the tourism
product the island provides. The youth of today has increasingly adopted this experience and made
it a part of their life.


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