I AM YOUR FATHER - A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF FATHERHOOD AS A POTENTIAL TURNING POINT

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I AM YOUR FATHER - A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF FATHERHOOD AS A POTENTIAL TURNING POINT

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Publication 2-year master student thesis
Title I AM YOUR FATHER - A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF FATHERHOOD AS A POTENTIAL TURNING POINT
Author Pitkäaho, Nikolina
Date 2017
English abstract
Research in life-course criminology has been studying turning points away from criminality. There is although a limited amount of research that has been focusing on parenthood and especially on fatherhood as a potential turning point. The available studies show mixed results in this topic and the findings suggest that there are factors that can both form and restrict fatherhood as a potential turning point towards desistance. The aim for the present thesis is therefore to get a better understanding of fatherhood as a potential turning point from persistent offending and to examine the role and meaning of fatherhood in the criminal careers of Swedish former criminals. Qualitative method in the form of retrospective semi- structured interviews has been used to collect data and five former offenders that became fathers during their criminal career participated in the study. The data have been analysed with systematic text condensation and the results indicate that the men did not desist after becoming fathers. They did however have both intended and unintended breaks from criminality when their child was born, but the criminal lifestyle was their first choice and their children were put on the second place. Relationships to friends and in some cases to the mother of the child was a restricting factor for fatherhood to become a turning point. Another factor that restricted fatherhood from being a potential turning point was human agency. The men concluded that an offending father can not receive help from society if there is no will for the father to desist.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Hälsa och samhälle
Pages 37
Language eng (iso)
Subject desistance
fatherhood
life-course criminology
offending
semi- structured interviews
turning point
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