Exploring the meaning of young people's attitudes towards the police. A qualitative study of Irish youth

Gleeson, Helen ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0505-5281 (2018) Exploring the meaning of young people's attitudes towards the police. A qualitative study of Irish youth. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 55 . pp. 97-105. ISSN 1756-0616 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.ijlcj.2018.10.004)

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Growing autonomy coupled with legal restrictions in adolescence can often mean that relationships between young people and legal authorities are problematic. Traditional approaches to this research has tended to rely on quantitative research designs, which may mean that underlying influencing factors in attitude formation unique to adolescents are not being included in such studies. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the underlying theoretical factors that influence young people’s attitudes to police that may be excluded from large scale quantitative study designs. Attitudes to police were not easily classified as positive or negative and were influenced by a range of factors including, feeling stereotyped by police, lacking control during interactions and a lack of voice in dealing with the police. How police were perceived to use their power and carry out their duties were also important factors in influencing stated attitudes.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 25525
Notes on copyright: © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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Depositing User: Helen Gleeson
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2018 11:33
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 19:28
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/25525

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