'It lets out all my demons': Female young offenders' perceptions about the impact of alcohol on their offending behaviour

Alex Newbury, Gavin Dingwall

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    The paper reports on findings from 55 qualitative face-to-face interviews with young offenders, and observations of 41 youth offender panel meetings over an 18-month period taking place in two Youth Offending Teams in the Southeast of England. It discusses the perception of correlation between drunkenness and offending asserted by a high number of the female offenders and compares this to perceptions of male offenders, both in this research and from previous research studies. The research
    brings into question whether current interventions are effective and puts forward suggestions for capitalizing on the apparent greater willingness of female offenders to acknowledge the significant negative impact of drunkenness on their behaviour.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)277-291
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal of Law, Crime and Justice
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


    • alcohol
    • young offenders
    • female
    • binge drinking
    • crime
    • youth

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