Octavia Cheatom is a junior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Kinesiology and African American Studies. Her research interests are centered on sport sociology and the impact that culture has on those who participate in sport. Ms. Cheatom plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe stated, 'Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.' My dream is to bring awareness to the injustices of the world, and with this awareness, ignite a fire of social change and critical thinking.
Family Strain and the Desire to be 'Good Men' among Juvenile Offenders
Abstract: Drawing on qualitative longitudinal interview data with four young men, we analyzed the relationship of family on the transition from a juvenile correctional facility back into the community. Previous research indicates that parental support during early adulthood is common, substantial, and contributes to positive outcomes and young adult attainment. Unlike the young adults from middle and upper-class families, individuals in our study –all of whom are working class or poor—do not receive significant financial, social, and cultural resources from parents or guardians. In fact, they often have to provide for parents siblings, and children. This responsibility and deep desire to provide for loved ones (and the desire to be recognized for that striving) is a central motivation for finding work, going back to school, and not retuning to serious crime. We predicted that family support would be important in achieving a successful transition from juvenile correctional facility to community. With strong ties to family, a desire to be ‘good men’ is enhanced and used as a source of motivation to stay on track to accomplishing a successful transition. But, without the opportunity and resources necessary to help aid in their success, deep levels of frustration form and, once again, participants view crime as a reasonable option. Download poster. [PDF]
Dr. Joshua Page is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. Professor Page specializes in the areas of Law, Crime, and Punishment; Labor and Labor Movements; Politics; Organizations; Qualitative Research Methods; and Social Theory. He’s the author of The Toughest Beat: Politics, Punishment, and the Prison Officers Union in California. Dr. Page has been a McNair faculty advisor for 2 years.