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Title: A study of the influence of neighbourhood, social and leisure contexts on substance use and antisocial behaviour in adolescence
Author: O'Hara, Leeanne
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2013
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This study explored the influence of neighbourhood, social and leisure contexts on substance use and antisocial behaviour in adolescence. Directed by social control theory, the research drew upon a range of sub theories deemed to expand the main principles associated with leisure time and the neighbourhood. In particular, the study explored social control under the umbrella of formal and informal mechanisms of control and the relative influence of self-control and self-regulation on substance use and antisocial behaviour in adolescence. It continued by examining leisure concepts such as leisure boredom and routine activity theory and delved into neighbourhood effects through secondary socialisation theory, social organisation theory and community crime management. The research employed a multiple case study design. Case locations were selected and informed through the analysis of a number of relevant secondary data sources. To address the main aim and objectives of the study, the methodological framework of ethnography was chosen for data collection when in the field. In total, 70 young people aged between 13 and 17 years and 5 youth workers from two areas of Belfast Northern Ireland took part in the study. Young people attended youth cent res in these areas or were approached for participation during detached work in the community. In all, the data collection methods included observation, interviews, focus groups and participant photography . In addition to providing a new multi theoretical model to the subject area, the research offered a number of novel contributions to the knowledge base. Study highlights are discussed in the context of relevant theory and empirical research under the themes of, (1) Youth Culture, (2) Leisure Activities, (3) Community Influence, and (4) Visual Methods. While adding to the limited qualitative literature available in the field, this thesis also provided a Northern Irish perspective to the knowledge base.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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