From the mouths of babes

Conducting qualitative research with youths

Authored by: Rod K. Brunson , Kashea Pegram

The Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Criminology

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415659703
eBook ISBN: 9780203074701
Adobe ISBN: 9781135114947


 Download Chapter



For quite some time, qualitative researchers have reliably produced improved understandings of several important social phenomena that disproportionately affect difficult-to-access and/or hidden populations. Although youths broadly perhaps should not be considered “hidden,” scholars have faced numerous obstacles in their attempts to obtain youth samples. Further, researchers have paid considerable attention to adolescents’ greater involvement in a wide range of problem behaviors (e.g., gang membership, interpersonal violence, alcohol and substance abuse). As a result of their overrepresentation in crime (both as offenders and victims), youths’ viewpoints offer unique opportunities for broadening social inquiry.

Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.