London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Adolescents' attitudes toward human rights and responsibilities: comparison between juvenile delinquents and nondelinquents

Author(s) Koiv, K.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2009  
Editor P. Cunningham, Human Rights and Citizenship Education  
Age group -  
292 adolescents (64 delinquents and double number matched control group), aged 12-17 years were asked to rate the importance of civil, economic, and political rights, and also describe responsibilities of peoples. It was hypothesized that nondelinquents will emphasize more self-detetermination rights compared with delinquents and research results supported this hypothesis. Differences were found in rankings of rights across two groups of youth with more positive attitudes of juvenile delinquents to protect themselves from harm/violence and to promote their development in the area of labour market. Findings also indicated that similar attitudes toward peoples’ responsibilities reduced to two components among two groups of adolescents - one was related to political responsibilities and the other consists of civic-oriented ones mainly in terms of prosocial behaviour, whereby delinquents emphasise more responsibility for education and nondelinquents’ responsibility for privacy.

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