Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Young Men: A Study of Service Provider Views

Jim Campbell*, Janeet Rondon, Karen Galway, Gerry Leavey

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This article uses a qualitative approach to elicit the views of 31 professionals who provide services to vulnerable young men. The findings reveal six key themes following focus group interviews: (i) the importance of masculinity in explaining problematic behaviour; (ii) the misuse of alcohol and drugs; (iii) alienation and social isolation; (iv) concerns about suicide and self-harm; (v) the quality of existing services; and (vi) recommendations for changes to services. Service providers generally acknowledged the social context in explaining these behaviours and argued for enhanced services and a more developed skills base in working with vulnerable young men. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-71
Number of pages12
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number1
Early online date26 Apr 2011
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


  • Northern Ireland
  • Service providers
  • Vulnerability
  • Young men

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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