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International Journal of Bahamian Studies
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ISSN (Print) 2220-5772
Published by College of the Bahamas Homepage  [1 journal]
  • President's Message

    • Authors: Erik Rolland
      Abstract: It is a pleasure for me, as the second President of University of The Bahamas, to write a few words to welcome and to extend well-wishes to Bahamian, Caribbean, and international scholars.
      PubDate: 2022-10-21
      DOI: 10.15362/ijbs.v28i0.483
      Issue No: Vol. 28 (2022)
  • Editorial

    • Authors: Raymond Austin Oenbring
      Abstract: Editorial for Volume 28, 2022
      PubDate: 2022-10-18
      DOI: 10.15362/ijbs.v28i0.481
      Issue No: Vol. 28 (2022)
  • Bahamian Fathers' Involvement with Their Child’s Schooling: To What
           Extent does Family Structure Matter'

    • Authors: Anica G Bowe, Chenson L Johnson
      Pages: 1 - 16
      Abstract: This study examined characteristics of Bahamian fathers’ involvement with schooling using data from a comprehensive study on parent involvement within one Bahamian community. We triangulated data from parent survey (N = 91 males, N = 278 females) and community interview data (N = 33 community members) to compare fathers to mothers, examine whether fathers living in the same home as their child had an impact on their involvement with schooling, and pinpoint beliefs regarding family structure and gender norms. Chi-square analyses demonstrate that Bahamian fathers engaged with schools in very similar ways to mothers on over half the involvement indicators, with slight differences on the remaining indicators. Mean difference analyses of factor scores showed slight differences between mothers and fathers on academic involvement and more pronounced differences on involvement concerning basic needs. Interestingly, despite beliefs about family structure voiced by some participants, living in the same home as their child did not play a role in fathers’ involvement. We discuss our findings within the social context of The Bahamas, raise questions about the real impact of family structure on involvement, and call for more exploration on the impact of class and socioeconomic status on involvement with schools.
      PubDate: 2022-10-25
      DOI: 10.15362/ijbs.v28i0.441
      Issue No: Vol. 28 (2022)
  • The Bahamian Justification for Using Corporal Punishment Within the Home:
           A Christian Habit'

    • Authors: William J. Fielding, Virginia C. Ballance
      Pages: 17 - 32
      Abstract: Corporal punishment is a common means of disciplining children in Bahamian homes. Previous studies in The Bahamas have linked the justification for its use with religious beliefs. An Internet survey employing a snowball sampling method resulted in 1,570 persons participating in a study designed to focus on the association between biblical influence and attitudes toward corporal punishment; namely, is there an association with biblical influence in the lives of participants and their attitudes towards corporal punishment of children' This study found that those most influenced by biblically-based teachings were most likely to support the use of corporal punishment on their children. The results show that while overall belief in the Lord God of the Bible is associated with the use of corporal punishment, there is divergence between Christians to the extent corporal punishment is justified by the biblical texts, as well as how much participants’ lives were modelled on biblical precepts (specifically, the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes). The divergence of opinions within the Christian population, which represents over 90% of the population of The Bahamas, indicates that attempts by the State to regulate the practice of corporal punishment will need to be promoted by pastors to make messages on nonviolent discipline of children acceptable to Christians in The Bahamas.
      PubDate: 2022-10-25
      DOI: 10.15362/ijbs.v28i0.449
      Issue No: Vol. 28 (2022)
  • Using the Job Demands-Resources Model to Underpin the Pandemic Nurses’
           Turnover Intention Model to Examine Nurse Turnover Intentions in The
           Bahamas During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Theory Paper

    • Authors: Shamel Yvonne Rolle Sands, Christine Covell, Vera Caine
      Pages: 33 - 42
      Abstract: Nurse turnover can affect the accessibility of healthcare services, quality of patient care, and nurse well-being. Various individual and contextual factors have been found to predict nurse turnover. A growing body of evidence now suggests the emergence of another potential predictor─fear related to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 also known as COVID-19. To limit consequences, stakeholders must collaboratively develop empirically supported interventions to reduce nurse turnover. The purpose of this paper is to explain the novel use of the Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) model as a theoretical underpinning of the empirically supported Pandemic Nurses’ Turnover Intention (PNTI) model which is used to examine factors influencing nurses’ turnover intentions in The Bahamas during the COVID-19 pandemic.
      PubDate: 2022-10-24
      DOI: 10.15362/ijbs.v28i0.459
      Issue No: Vol. 28 (2022)
  • Potable Water and Terrestrial Resources on Grand Bahama Post-Hurricane
           Dorian: Opportunities for Climate Resilience

    • Authors: Kristen Welsh, Clare Bowen-O'Connor, Mark Stephens, Zoi Dokou, Anne Imig, Tara Mackey, Andrew Moxey, Efthymios Nikolopoulos, Amber Turner, Amano Williams, Layla Al Baghdadi, John Bowleg, Henrique Leite Chaves, Ancilleno Davis, Gil Guberman, Danielle Hanek, Sophia Klausner, Dmitry Medlev, Nivea Mazzoni, Ingeria Miller, Latonya Williams, Remington Wilchcombe
      Pages: 43 - 66
      Abstract: The catastrophic impact of Hurricane Dorian in September 2019 was unprecedented for the island of Grand Bahama. Flooding in the western portion of the island damaged pine ecosystems, inundated the soil and groundwater with salt water, and disrupted potable water service throughout the island. More than two years post-Hurricane Dorian, the freshwater lenses that the island relies on for potable water are still inundated with salt water. This collaborative paper summarizes all efforts of researchers and practitioners to evaluate the freshwater lenses, as well as their associated ecosystems, that serve as the main source of drinking water for the island of Grand Bahama. Hydrogeologic and vegetation assessments were conducted on the two primary wellfields that provide 95% of the drinking water to the island, over the span of two and a half years from the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian through present day. While salinity and total dissolved solid concentrations in groundwater have declined, present levels indicate that the full recovery of the freshwater lenses may take decades. Forest assessments indicate that in Wellfield 6, which was the primary source of potable water pre-Hurricane Dorian, the pine forests suffered significant damage with complete pine mortality and little regeneration of pine trees occurring, which could impact the underlying freshwater lens. Lessons learned from this event underscore the vulnerability of water resources in The Bahamas and the critical need for adaptation strategies to improve resilience to future extreme events and climate change.
      PubDate: 2022-10-25
      DOI: 10.15362/ijbs.v28i0.467
      Issue No: Vol. 28 (2022)
  • A Preliminary Study on Unwanted Sexual Intercourse Within Long-term
           Relationships in The Bahamas

    • Authors: William J. Fielding, Virginia C. Ballance
      Pages: 67 - 82
      Abstract: Rape has been a concern in The Bahamas and the law recognizes rape outside of marriage as being a criminal offence. However, the so-called “marital rape exception” means that rape within a marriage is not treated as a crime. This has resulted in several national conversations about changes to the law. This study focuses on established (long-term) relationships and so is distinct to previous studies on rape in The Bahamas. This Internet-based study, which obtained responses from over 1,000 women, attempts to provide a first estimate of the prevalence of rape within long-term relationships. The estimate of at least 15% is in line with other studies from North America. The results also indicate that over 50% of the adult population are in favour of changing the law allowing the marital rape exception; however, the level of support varies by sex and age of the respondent. Male respondents in the 55 or older age group were less inclined than younger men to agree that marital rape can occur. The study provides a preliminary estimate of the number of women who would be potentially protected by a change to the law and indicates that such a change would be in the public interest.
      PubDate: 2022-10-25
      DOI: 10.15362/ijbs.v28i0.461
      Issue No: Vol. 28 (2022)
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