Youth in Conflict With the Law and Socio-economic Experiences in Their Childhood:

  • Desiree Kock Institute for Continuing Education, UNISA
Keywords: secure care centre, delinquent youth, life stories

Abstract

Youth in conflict with the law is a growing phenomenon in South Africa. To answer the question: "What happened in the early lives of these children that drove them to violent crimes?" a qualitative study, using 58 life stories of young people awaiting trial, was conducted in Gauteng, South Africa. From these life stories, the researcher identified a clear relationship between socio-economic circumstances, childhood experi­ences, and conflict with the law. Poverty was found to be the main con­tributing factor to criminal activities. A lack of knowledge and under­standing also contributed to crimes such as rape and sodomy. Child and youth care practitioners therefore should not only consider these aspects, but should also address educational needs in communities.
Published
2005-03-01
How to Cite
Kock, D. . (2005). Youth in Conflict With the Law and Socio-economic Experiences in Their Childhood:. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 20, 56–71. Retrieved from http://acycpjournal.pitt.edu/ojs/jcycw/article/view/403
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