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Why Do Young People Engage in Delinquency and Problem Drinking? Views From Adolescents and Stakeholders

Curcio, Angela, Knott, Vikki E. and Mak, Anita S. (2015). Why Do Young People Engage in Delinquency and Problem Drinking? Views From Adolescents and Stakeholders. Australian Psychologist,50(5):350-361.

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Title Why Do Young People Engage in Delinquency and Problem Drinking? Views From Adolescents and Stakeholders
Author Curcio, Angela
Knott, Vikki E.
Mak, Anita S.
Journal Name Australian Psychologist
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 50
Issue Number 5
ISSN 0005-0067   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84941129946
Start Page 350
End Page 361
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Objective
Socially deviant and health-compromising behaviours are prevalent among adolescents living in Australia. The aim of this study was to explore from the perspectives of adolescents, and those involved in the provision of their care, potential reasons for youth delinquency and problematic drinking styles.

Methods
Participants were recruited purposively and comprised adolescents (n = 16) and stakeholders (n = 20), including youth mental health workers (n = 7), school teachers/counsellors (n = 7), and police officers (n = 6). An open-ended question was used to prompt group discussion around why young people engage in deviant behaviour, including problem drinking. Responses were transcribed and analysed thematically.

Results
Participants identified a number of factors that potentially underpin delinquent behaviour. These results were summarised within three global themes: social determinants (e.g., parenting practices), reinforcement histories (e.g., social endorsement), and individual determinants (e.g., personality traits).

Conclusion
Multidisciplinary interventions addressing these causes are likely to result in optimal outcomes.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ap.12118   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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