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Drogmissbruk och kriminalitet: Hönan eller ägget?
Örebro University, Department of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences.
Örebro University, Department of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences.
2006 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study concerns the relationship between drug use and criminal behaviour among drug using male youths that are in treatment, or have been treated for drug use and/or criminal behaviour, in an institution in Sweden. The purpose was to examine their life story concerning drug use and criminal behaviour. Within a qualitative research approach, interviews have been performed with four male youths between 16 and 20 years old. Four models have been used as theoretical reference points; 1) drug use causes crime, 2) crime causes drug use, 3) the reciprocal model and 4) the common cause model. The result shows that none of these models can exclusively explain the relation between drug use and criminal behaviour among the youths in this study. We have found the strongest support for the fourth model; the common cause model, by the material provided by the youths. The result also agrees with some of the previous research on the relationship between drug use and criminal behaviour.

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2006. , p. 13
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drug use, criminal behavior, criminality, youths
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-604ISRN: ORU-BSR/SA-C--06/0082--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-604DiVA, id: diva2:137003
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Available from: 2006-09-01 Created: 2006-09-01 Last updated: 2017-10-18

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