Criminal desistance narratives of young people in the west of Scotland: understanding spirituality and criminogenic constraints

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In our qualitative study of urban youth living in the West of Scotland, we argue that religion and spirituality give personal sustenance and hope from which a process of desistance can emerge. Religious worship offers a ‘site’ for undermining reoffending through the availability and adoption of socially supportive bonds. Desistance can occur through the development of different bonds and the recognition of transcendental authority. The results endorse the protective role of spirituality in desistance in relation to disadvantaged young people whose lives have been impacted by crime.
Original languageEnglish
Article number177
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2018


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