Exploring the Needs of Socially Excluded Young Men

Campbell, Jim; Rondón, Janeet; Galway, Karen and Leavey, Gerard. 2014. Exploring the Needs of Socially Excluded Young Men. Children and Society, 28(2), pp. 104-115. ISSN 1099-0860 [Article]

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In recent years, social exclusion has gained the attention of governments around the world. This paper reports on a qualitative study involving 27 young men aged 14–19 years experiencing particular forms of exclusion in the context of Northern Irish society. The study used a focus group methodology to elicit their views with the aim of exploring both emotional and psychological needs and the structural factors that may contribute to their experiences of social exclusion. The findings reveal a range of unmet social and psychological needs, the impact of sectarianism and segregation, and a paucity of support systems in place. The paper concludes by making recommendations about how policy-makers and practitioners could find more imaginative ways of engaging such vulnerable young men to reduce social exclusion.

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This research was sponsored by the legacy Southern Health and Social Services Board (SH&SSB), Northern Ireland (quotation no. 101835/VO/Q07).

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)


March 2014Published

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31 Oct 2013 15:32

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06 Jun 2016 15:00

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