Knife crime: the social factors that influence adolescents aged between 12 and 17 to carry a knife

Lee, Chloe (2010) Knife crime: the social factors that influence adolescents aged between 12 and 17 to carry a knife. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation attempts to identify the various social factors that could influence adolescents to carry a knife. The objectives are to explore the link between peer group influence and the carrying of knives, the medias representation of knife crime, other motives such as fear and the sociological perspectives that could give an additional insight as to why adolescents might carry a knife. Findings suggest that fear is a main motive as to why adolescents carry a knife. However, there is a limited amount of research that focuses on alternative social influences, such as peer group influence. The author has made several conclusions and recommendations, which include the need for the term ‘knife crime’ to be broken down, further research on the motivations for carrying a knife and the types of approaches that need to be adopted to ensure successful, specifically targeted initiatives. The author has extracted literature and research from a mixed method approach drawing on both quantitative and qualitative findings. Sociological, criminological and personal perspectives have been explored to identify motivational factors. The use of personal perspectives from adolescents enables practitioners and social workers to gain a greater understanding of the motives behind knife carrying. This increases the chances of delivering effective methods of intervention to deter young people away from knife crime.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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