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Youths’ Positioning as Victims and its Consequences for the Receptivity and Availability of Support
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1406-2064
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Every year, a number of youths are victims of crimes with different severity. To cope with the victimization, these young victims are often offered support from their social network or professionals. However, in previous research it is known that they rarely seek support for a number reasons, such as shame and not wanting to be seen as victims as it has negative connotations. This study therefore address how youths position themselves in relation to the victimization, and which consequences this might have for both their receptivity and the availability of support. Narrative analyses was conducted, with four youths in focus. The analysis shows the complexity of constructing victimhood, where some positions as victims grant more support than others. Adding to this is the time aspect, where the victims shift between positions over time, which affects both the receptivity and the availability of support, but also the other way around; affecting the positioning. These results are of importance to further develop support services for young victims, and to make sure that an initial refusal of support by a youth does not necessary mean that support is not needed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
Young victims, youth, positioning, victim categories, support
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Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-57570OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-57570DiVA: diva2:1108444
Conference
Nationell forskningskonferens i socialt arbete, Umeå, Sweden, June 12-13, 2017
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Available from: 2017-06-12 Created: 2017-06-12 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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