Interpersonal relationships of juvenile offenders at treatment facilities

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This research characterized interpersonal relationships established by juvenile offenders at treatment facilities, from the juvenile offenders' perspective. It is a multiple case study conducted through four focus groups with 25 juvenile offenders, aged from 15 to 19 years old, inmate in treatment facilities of two Brazilian States. Participants characterized relationships with the treatment facilities' workers as hostile and distant. Relationships with peers were mediated by values that perpetuate offending behavior. Adolescents related an approach with their families, as they were a source of social support during the moment of adversity. The period in treatment facilities thus constitutes a time of intense suffering and ineffective in its function of promoting development.




Coscioni, V., do Nascimento, D. B., Rosa, E. M., & Koller, S. H. (2020). Interpersonal relationships of juvenile offenders at treatment facilities. Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa, 36.

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