Informal social support among returning young offenders: a metasynthesis of the literature.

@article{Martinez2013InformalSS,
  title={Informal social support among returning young offenders: a metasynthesis of the literature.},
  author={Damian J Martinez and Laura S. Abrams},
  journal={International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology},
  year={2013},
  volume={57 2},
  pages={169-90}
}
Informal social support has long been touted as a key to success for young offenders, but little empirical work has concretized these benefits. This article explores the dynamics of informal social support for returning young offenders (ages 14-24), particularly in the context of peers and family members. The authors use a metasynthesis methodology to examine 13 qualitative articles and dissertations published in the United States from 1998 through 2010. Analysis of these texts found two major… CONTINUE READING