Skin Bleaching

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CARIBBEAN ADVANCED PROFICIENCY EXAMINATIONS
INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

CAPE- UNIT 1- SOCIOLOGY

TOPIC: Prejudice
Theme: The emotional and physical effect of skin bleaching among Jamaican Youths.

Name: Suzanne Coke
School: Immaculate Conception High School
Centre Number: 100051
Candidate Number:
Teacher: Mr. Ocnacuwenga
Territory: Jamaica
Date: May 2011

Introduction

This paper discusses the emotional, psychological and physical effects of skin bleaching among the youths of Jamaica. It highlights if there is any lack of knowledge on the effects it may have on them. According to the Webster Encyclopedia Dictionary of the English Language, International Edition (1971),..To bleach is to make white by taking out colour by exposure to the action of chemical preparation. According to Dahlia McDaniel, a Pharmacists and final year doctorial candidate in public health at the University of London stated in the Gleaner, November 11, 2009…. “Skin bleachers” are having an ethnic identity crisis. The theme ‘prejudice’ sparked my interest because I have observed that older people of the nation are skin bleaching as if it were a fad, recently I have seen more of the young people picking up the habit of bleaching their skins without knowing the great effects it may have on them in their future, therefore I have decide to further my study on the topic “the emotional, psychological and physical effects of skin bleaching among the youths of Jamaica.” Immaculate Conception High School and Ardenne High School will be investigated for prejudicial patterns and whether this has led to the reproduction of Skin Bleaching among the youths of Jamaica. The Immaculate Conception High School was founded in 1858 and is considered one of Jamaica’s traditional high schools. The campus is located in Constant Spring, St. Andrew. The Ardenne High School was founded in 1962 and also considered one of Jamaica’s traditional high schools. The campus is located in Old Hope Road, St. Andrew.

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

Aims:

1. To meet the requirements for a C.A.P.E. Unit 1 Sociology Award. 2. Discover such data as may help to analyse the issues related to the hypothesis “The emotional and physical effects of skin bleaching among Jamaican youths”

Objectives:

* To ascertain whether there is skin bleaching at Immaculate Conception High School and Ardenne High School. * To determine the nature of skin bleaching at Immaculate Conception High School and Ardenne High School. * To determine the percentage of students at Immaculate Conception High School and Ardenne High School involved in skin bleaching. * To discover whether racial or social prejudice at Immaculate Conception High School and Ardenne High School are related to existing patterns of skin bleaching at both schools. * To present data numerically and graphically with the aid of computers * To analyse same in relation to the hypothesis.

LITERATURE REVIEW

Historically, the concept of prejudice was originated with Hertz and Hirschfeld. Prejudice especially racial and psychological aids in the reproduction of skin-bleaching. The people with whom an individual socializes with tells and onlooker who the individual is or who he/she wants to become, however in some cases it determines whether the individual is confident in one-self or is trying to fix in and will do anything just to fix in a high social rank.

Racial Prejudice is defined as:
“Racism is the belief that the genetic factors which constitute race, ethnicity, or nationality are a primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that ethnic differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Racism's effects are called "racial discrimination." In the case of institutional racism, certain racial groups may be denied rights or benefits, or receive preferential treatment…”

There are many disadvantages to be treated with racial...
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