Multi-dimensionele perspektief op die gesinservaringe en -persepsies van manlike jeugoortreders
Thesis (M Social Work (Social Work))--University of Stellenbosch, 2007.
The purpose of this study is to gain an understanding of the experiences and perceptions of male juvenile delinquents from a multidimensional perspective in order to provide guidelines for effective service delivery. The motivation for this study is the current trend in South Africa regarding youth, crime and families and the necessity to have a multidimensional view on these phenomenas. The contribution that this study can make towards crime prevention and rehabilitation of male youth offenders is a further motivation for this study. The research was done based on an extensive literature study, which firstly focused on the conceptualisation of a multidimensional perspective as framework from which the family experiences and perceptions of male juvenile delinquents could be described. This conceptual framework was put together through the compilation of the systems-, ecological-, ethnic-sensitive- and strength perspectives. Subsequently both male juvenile delinquents and their families were described from a multidimensional perspective. The empirical investigation of the study gave a description of the family experiences and perceptions of male juvenile delinquents from a multidimensional perspective. From this multidimensional description of the experiences and perceptions of the juvenile delinquents, findings of the literature study was confirmed namely that the experiences and perceptions of the juvenile delinquents was influenced by various factors on the micro-, meso- and macro levels of functioning. In light of the findings derived from the literature study and empirical research, conclusions and recommendations were made concerning the phenomena under investigation. The recommendations focused on the utilisation of a multidimensional perspective during service delivery to juvenile delinquents and their families.