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Healy, Deirdre and O'Donnell, Ian (2008) Calling time on crime: Motivation, generativity and agency in Irish probationers. Probation Journal , 55 , (1) , pp. 25-38.

Why people remain involved in, or detach themselves from, criminal activity is not fully understood. This article presents the results of an investigation of psychosocial changes involved in the process of desistance among 73 male probationers in Dublin, Ireland. The stated desire of the great majority was to cease offending and their aspirations revolved around finding a job and a place to live, and stopping drug use. Generative concerns were raised infrequently. There was little evidence of agency, with few individuals talking of empowerment or self-mastery. These findings mark an interesting point of contrast with other research in this area.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:2008
Page Range:pp. 25-38
Publisher:Sage
Volume:55
Number:1
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Not in collection)
Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Law enforcement and the justice system
MM-MO Crime and law > Criminal penalty > Community service (penalty) > Probation or parole
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
T Demographic characteristics > Offender
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime > Substance related crime
F Concepts in psychology > Motivation

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