"Some of us need to be taken care of": young adults' perspectives on support and help in drug reducing interventions in coercive contexts in Denmark and the UK

Asmussen Frank, Vibeke, Thom, Betsy ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4975-7613 and Herold, Maria Dich (2020) "Some of us need to be taken care of": young adults' perspectives on support and help in drug reducing interventions in coercive contexts in Denmark and the UK. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy . ISSN 0968-7637 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1080/09687637.2020.1771285)

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Abstract

This paper provides an account of young people’s experiences of and perspectives on help and support in drug reducing interventions. It is based on interviews with young people age 14–25 who were in contact with the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and, at the same time, participated in a drug reducing intervention. The interview data forms part of the EU funded EPPIC project. Two main themes emerged from the young peoples’ accounts that cut across different types of interventions and social systems in both countries. The first revolves around the ‘system’ of welfare, criminal justice, health and educational services and the barriers young people encountered in navigating the system to find help. The second revolves around the young people’s experiences with professionals, including what they appreciated and what they found problematic in professionals’ approach to them. Basing our analysis on data from two different countries, we are able to emphasize similarities in the young peoples’ perspectives, despite being enrolled in different drug reducing and CJS interventions. The insights gained indicate a need for systems and service changes that can facilitate a better balance between building individual resilience and providing appropriate, timely and adequate support within a ‘resilience-building environment

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Young people; criminal, justice system; desistence; users’ views; drug reducing, interventions; drug, use; offending
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education
Item ID: 30318
Notes on copyright: © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
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Depositing User: Betsy Thom
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2020 11:22
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2020 15:17
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/30318

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