Exploring the needs of socially excluded young men

Janeet Rondón*, James Campbell, Karen Galway, Gerard Leavey

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Abstract

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. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-115
Number of pages12
JournalChildren and Society
Volume28
Issue number2
Early online date11 Jun 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Mental health promotion
  • Northern Ireland
  • Social exclusion
  • Young men

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Health(social science)
  • Education

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