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Report on Young People’s Behaviours


Academic year: 2023

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This report discusses findings from an analysis of the summary of case file information contained in the Youth Behavior Hub1. Analysis of case file summaries indicated that many young people engaged in harmful and risky coping and survival behaviours. A small number of young people were engaged in making fires, and one young person said that they liked it.

Several of the young people who exhibited this behavior noted multiple instances of suspected physical and sexual abuse in their case files. The case file summaries indicated that around one quarter of the young people became involved in crime as a means of survival. A small number were observed stealing food and some youths stole items to sell.

Some of the young people who were moved afterwards were noted to show behavioral improvements. These youths were noted in the case file summaries as saying that they engaged in cigarette smoking and tagging to relieve stress. It was noted that both of these young people's behavior improved during their time with these carers.

The case files showed that over a third of the youths were involved in burglaries, with the majority of targets being houses and small businesses. The average age at which the young people presented in the case files for offending behavior was thirteen. These youth had frequent involvement with juvenile justice services (Stevens et al., 2013; Stevens et al., 2014c).

Some youths were sentenced to drug and alcohol counseling as part of an FGC juvenile justice plan. The majority of youth in the sample presented with suicide attempts, suicidal thoughts and self-harm. More than a third of these young people had been sexually abused, and in many cases themselves.

Younger male and female children were often the target of harmful sexual behavior by young people. Some youths were noted to have excelled in their education during their stay, for example by receiving scholarships. Behavioral improvements were recorded less often in the file overviews of young people who were not involved in youth legal assistance.

For example, some of the services that appeared to support young people in achieving positively.


Both of these types of programs involved youth in a wide range of activities, for example, outdoor activities, education, drug and alcohol counseling, creative arts, individual and group counseling. Some young people also reported that their use of drugs and alcohol was a way to cope with their feelings. Some young people who were in treatment programs for their offending behavior and/or drug and alcohol use sought to withdraw from bad influences.

Several young people in the case reports often displayed anger and aggression, and some of the case reports pointed out that there may be a connection between this behavior and childhood experiences such as exposure to family violence, abuse and neglect. A large proportion of the young people who violated often had stories of abuse, neglect and care outside the home. Adolescent drug and alcohol problems were strongly associated with complex family histories, usually associated with experiences of abuse and neglect, exposure to family violence and parents/.

Drug and alcohol issues were more often addressed when young people were involved in the youth justice system. Some youth exhibited harmful or disturbing sexual behavior, and some youth who exhibited chronic behavior were referred to specialized treatment programs. Case file summaries revealed that some youths' behavior improved in response to the help they received from service professionals.

Some of the youth in the study with problem behaviors had a history of family violence (Stevens et al., 2014b; Stevens et al., 2014c). In many cases, behavioral improvements were noted when stability was achieved in two key areas of young people's lives: living situations and educational participation. However, this report highlights that young people are ready and able to make positive changes.

This report points out that some of the young people's more challenging behaviour, i.e. harmful sexual. The high number of young people who were reported for self-harm also deserves attention, as the case files have shown that this did not always result in specialist psychiatric support. Finally, many youth in the case files were reported to be aware of their challenging behavior and made efforts to work with service professionals to address this.

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The Pathways to Resilience Research Program: Review and Analysis of Case File Summaries: Report on Wellbeing. Resilience Research Program: Review and Analysis of Case File Summaries: Social Service Practice Report.


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