Adolescents in the youth justice system and future goal pursuit

Fitzpatrick, Edel
Adolescents in the youth justice system and future goal pursuit. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Liverpool.

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Goal pursuit is a central element to the developmental stage of adolescence. However, little is known about how adolescents within the Youth Justice System think about their personal future. This present study explores how 14 adolescents in a Youth Offending Service think about their goal aspirations and personal future. Grounded Theory was used to focus upon individual and situational factors that contributed to the process. A theoretical framework was developed which outlined that engaging in thinking about one’s personal future and developing goal aspirations is influenced by appraisal of past and present life events. Central to the development of the theoretical framework was the recognition that participants employed a range of self protecting strategies to avoid against uncertainty and threat of future disappointment. Findings of the study are discussed and clinical implications, methodological considerations and possible areas for further research are presented.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy)
Additional Information: Date: 2013-09 (completed)
Subjects: ?? HV ??
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Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2014 11:41
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2022 04:39
DOI: 10.17638/00013053