Social anthropologist, Dr. Herbert Gayle, says mothers who were abused while they were children are more likely to become abusers.

Dr. Gayle says his conclusions are drawn from studies he’s conducted in the three most violent countries in the Caribbean.

They are Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Belize.

He says in instances where women become abusive, up to 80% of the women were abused.

Dr. Gayle says the crime problem that’s plaguing Jamaica could be cut significantly if policymakers targeted the most at risk families.

Dr. Herbert Gayle, social anthropologist. He was speaking on Friday’s edition of Nationwide @ 5 with Tyrone Reid and Franklin McKnight.