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Title: The voice of young people who offend
Author: Harris, Anna
ISNI:       0000 0004 2711 3160
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2011
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This study investigated young people's experiences of offending and its contexts through the accounts of young people who have offended. The study questioned what young people say about their experiences of offending, and also how they say this. Seven males between the ages of 18 -25 years who had a history of offending behaviour were interviewed. The interviews were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) and Foucauldian Discourse Analysis (PDA) to attend to both parts of the research aim. The IPA analysis resulted in five themes being generated by the researcher. These included the experience of offending as a childish game for parental attention, and also as a business enterprise. The experiences of anger, fear and strength to survive in a hostile and competitive environment were also generated from the accounts. Experiences of exclusion and feeling unloved were also conceptualised as an overriding theme throughout the accounts. Lastly, a cyclical experience of being 'stuck' in the offending position was presented through the experiences of guilt and compliance, the need for resources and a habitual propensity to anger. PDA was then used to consider the 'stuck' theme through a wider contextual analysis. The discourses of 'guilt', 'class' and 'dangerousness' as utilised within the young offenders accounts were considered to construct and contribute towards their experiences of the 'stuck' position.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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