The impact of a brief structured intervention on young offenders masculine identity: a mixed methods study

Blagden, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-4037-0984 and Perrin, C., 2018. The impact of a brief structured intervention on young offenders masculine identity: a mixed methods study. Journal of Criminal Psychology. ISSN 2009-3829

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Masculinity in young men can be considered a dynamic risk factor. There is a call for programs and initiatives that not only engage adolescent boys in masculinity issues but also promote positive constructs of masculinity. The ‘Man-up’ programme is designed to support men and young men to explore the ways in which the concept of masculinity contributes to shaping their individual identity. The aim of this research evaluation was to explore young offenders’ perceptions of the programme and whether the programme contributed to any personal change/development and what core learning they took from the course. The evaluation utilised a mixed-methods programme of research to address these aims. The quantitative results found that there was a pre/post course reduction in ‘toughness’ and increases in self-esteem and risk-taking perceptions. The qualitative results identified 4 superordinate themes ‘reconstruing masculine self’, ‘self-realisation, awareness and reflection’, ‘group dynamics and course relationships’ and ‘unintended consequences’. The course assisted participants in helping to reconstrue aspects of being a man, made them think about the future and allowed for participants to consider their possible and desired selves. However, for some participants, the course appeared to reinforce some traditional stereotypical beliefs. The implications for course and recommendations are unpacked in the report.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Criminal Psychology
Creators: Blagden, N. and Perrin, C.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 22 June 2018
ISSN: 2009-3829
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 25 Apr 2018 14:59
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2018 14:51

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