Targeting, labelling and stigma: Challenging the criminalisation of children and young people: Sean Creaney reports on how children involved in youth justice processes are unable to overcome the negative 'outsider' label attached them

Sean Creaney*

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Abstract

By creating 'outsiders'... labelling invariably gives rise to repeat interventions of increasing intensity that... ultimately establish, consolidate, and/or confirm offender 'identities'. Such 'identities' attract further intervention and/or negative reaction and so the process continues. (Goldson, 2010)As the above quote attests, labelling theorists recognise the harmful impact of formal system contact on the individual and contend that problems occur when members of society become intolerant towards the individual's offending, forming a 'negative social reaction', invoking damaging consequences for the 'offender' (ibid).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-17
Number of pages2
JournalCriminal Justice Matters
Volume90
Issue number1
Early online date29 Aug 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

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