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  • Young Men as Victims and Perpetrators of Violence in Northern Ireland: A Qualitative Analysis

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    Journal of Social Issues, Vol: 60, Page: 469-484,Blackwell Publishing

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    Aims & Objectives:

    The aim of this study was to discuss issues of masculinity and violence in the lives of young men in disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland.


    This article explores issues of masculinity and violence in the lives of young men in disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland. Qualitative data were collected in four focus groups, one group of young men from the Catholic community, one group of young men from the Protestant community, one group of community representatives, and one group of Young Offenders (N=28). Themes were extracted from the data using a grounded approach. Results indicate that social disadvantage is fundamental to experiences of violence and that young men understand the costs and benefits of a masculine identity that incorporates a capacity for violence. Discussion suggests that initiatives to reduce violent behavior should be compatible with socially and culturally acceptable constructions of masculinity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved) (from the journal abstract)


    Jacqueline Reilly; Orla T. Muldoon; Clare Byrne

    Study Type:

    Study Papers » Study adopting an focus group approch » Qualitative Studies


    0022-4537 1540-4560 Accession Number: 2004-18342-002. First Author & Affiliation: Reilly, Jacqueline; UNESCO Centre, School of Education, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Other Journal Title: Journal of Social Issues. Other Publishers: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.. Release Date: 20041018. Publication Type: Journal, (0100) Peer Reviewed Journal, (0110). Media Covered: Print. Media Available: Electronic; Print. Document Type: Journal Article. Language: English. Major Descriptor: Crime Victims; Disadvantaged; Masculinity; Perpetrators; Violence. Minor Descriptor: Catholics; Gender Identity; Male Delinquency; Protestants. Classification: Criminal Behavior & Juvenile Delinquency (3236) . Population: Human (10) Male (30) . Location: Northern Ireland. Age Group: Childhood (birth-12 yrs) (100) School Age (6-12 yrs) (180) Adolescence (13-17 yrs) (200) Adulthood (18 yrs & older) (300) Young Adulthood (18-29 yrs) (320) . Methodology: Empirical Study; Qualitative Study. References Available: Y.


    masculinity; violence

    International Classification:

    Focus groups - issues of masculinity in disadvantaged areas



    Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland)