Do current interventions for young people sufficiently respond to and address the issue of teenage intimate abuse: a practitioner’s perspective

Barker-Clarke, Emma (2014) Do current interventions for young people sufficiently respond to and address the issue of teenage intimate abuse: a practitioner’s perspective. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Historically, children and young people’s behaviour have been viewed as anti-social and criminally problematic. Furthermore, the victimisation of children and young people, by other children and young people, has often been miminised as ‘playground’ bullying, or even considered as acceptable for this adolescent passage of time. However, there is a developing amount of research within the United Kingdom that is now starting to explore and highlight the abuse and violence that children and young people experience from their peers. A review of the literature highlighted that teenage intimate abuse, within the United Kingdom, is an area of study that requires further research hence the need for this current study.
    The intention of this research was to investigate teenage intimate abuse, and the interventions available for practitioners to support children and young people to address their abusive behaviour. By approaching this subject from the perspective of practitioners it was anticipated that their experiences would inform this research and therefore provide a narrative of the issues that underpin teenage intimate abuse.
    The primary research adopted a mixed methods strategy. Initially a survey questionnaire sought to gain the broad views of forty practitioners who work with children and young people. This was further supplemented by four in- depth interviews with practitioners who demonstrated some informal ‘specialist’ knowledge within this field. Recurrent policy related, and young people related themes became apparent in both the questionnaires and the interviews. These themes were explored in relation to the existing literature.
    The evidence presented within this research suggested that there is a need to develop a theoretical framework for children and young people’s intimate violence. From this efficacious interventions can be developed which are specific to the needs of this vulnerable group.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 10:37
    Last Modified: 06 Feb 2015 10:37
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16708

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