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ERIC Number: EJ1016097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1037-2911
Adolescents' Beliefs about Why Young People Commit Crime
Skrzypiec, Grace
Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, v23 spec iss n2 p185-200 Dec 2013
The aim of the study was to obtain adolescents' perspectives about why young people offend. Twenty-four Australian male and female offenders and non-offenders offered insights about what, according to them, motivates young people to become involved in crime. Without the use of sophisticated language, participants offered explanations that were well-aligned with the "big three" theories suggested by Cullen and Agnew (2003) as major criminological theories--namely, control, differential association, and strain theories. Participants also provided explanations that corroborated Carroll, Houghton, Durkin, and Hattie's (2009) reputation enhancing goals theory. Participants' explanations were consistent with empirically supported criminological theories, suggesting that young people involved in crime, or associated with known offenders, have insights about the causes of crime. An extrapolation of this notion would suggest that they might also have some insight into what measures could be taken to reduce or prevent offending. Notwithstanding further research, it is proposed that young people should be given more voice in criminal justice matters.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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