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NCJ Number: 220139 Find in a Library
Title: Listening to At-Risk Youth
Journal: Child and Youth Services  Volume:29  Issue:1/2  Dated:2007  Pages:201-247
Author(s): Niall McElwee
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 47
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the micro “risk society” of Limerick City and St. Augustine’s Youth Encounter Project (YEP) in terms of the social and cultural background of the interviewees, their perceived family and community identity, and their wider socialization influences.
Abstract: Interview transcripts illustrate perceptions of risk and at-risk articulated by young people of St. Augustine’s Youth Encounter Project (YEP). Past and present students of St. Augustine’s are viewed in the context of family, school, and community while considering three broad questions: (1) what are the important risk factors associated with each setting; (2) what factors at the individual level are associated with resilient outcomes; and (3) what mechanisms at the social ecological level promote resilience in individuals? St. Augustine’s YEP has been a safe haven for children and youth since 1977. This article presents direct quotations from young interviewees organized around the risk concept in their own dialect and inflections. It is written in an interpretative, relational child and youth care perspective. References and appendix
Main Term(s): Children at risk
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Adolescents at risk; Attitudes toward education; Child care services; Child protection services; Ireland; Perception; Self concept; Youth development
Note: Special issue on At-Risk Children and Youth: Resiliency Explored, for related articles see NCJ-220132-138 and NCJ-220140-141.
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