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Exploring the Path of Criminality: A qualitative study about ex-offenders' life stories
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This is an explorative study conducted to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of the criminal life by exploring ex-offenders’ stories and analyzing what possible factors could have had an impact on them. The method used was that of semi structured, narrative interviewing and the theories used to analyze and gain a deeper understanding of the results were those of social constructionist theory, differential association theory, and labeling theory. Firstly, the results showed that the combination of the two factors lack of support and attitudes towards delinquent behavior had markedly contributed to the participants’ way into a criminal life and the misuse of drugs. Secondly, the respondents’ all credited some part of their success in reintegrating to the NGO KRIS, which they stated had significantly helped them during their time in and after prison. Thirdly, the respondents’ attitudes towards life seemed to be an important part of being able to both get clean and stay away from the criminal life. However, all of the respondents had experienced some sort of relapse, being it into drugs or crime.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
ex-offenders, reintegration, prison, life stories, attitudes, support
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21086OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21086DiVA: diva2:896545
Subject / course
Social work
Educational program
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)
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Available from: 2016-11-16 Created: 2016-01-21 Last updated: 2016-11-16Bibliographically approved

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