HOW DO SCHOOL EXPERIENCES RELATE TO OFFENDING BEHAVIOUR FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF YOUNG MALE OFFENDERS?

2018-03-13T22:12:17Z (GMT) by CATHERINE EMILY POWELL
The lived school experiences of young males aged 16 to 21, and how these experiences may have influenced a trajectory into pro-criminal behaviour, is the subject of this qualitative study. Thematic analysis of 20 semi-structured interviews with participants from African, Maori Pacific Island and Australian descent reveal several key domains of risk within the school environment. Focus groups with adult representatives from schools and youth services were conducted following the interviews to comment on, and reinforce, the findings. The aim of the study was to capture the thoughts and feelings of these young males with the firm belief that their expert opinions will add to the knowledge base.