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NIQUICE, Fernando; POLETTO, Michele  e  KOLLER, Silvia Helena. The young offenders motivations for crime and their prospects for the future: an bioecological overview. Rev. SPAGESP [online]. 2017, vol.18, n.1, pp. 34-47. ISSN 1677-2970.

The study took place in Maputo City, Mozambique, and investigated young offender´s motivations for crime and their expectations for the future. Bronfenbrenner´s Bioecological Theory was used to guide the research. Methodologically, qualitative and exploratory approaches were adopted, in which six young incarcerated men, with age range from 16-25 years old, from three prisons were interviewed. The committing of the crimes was related to meeting basic survival needs in the context of socio-economic limitations experienced at the moment. Participants showed interest in reintegrate into society and to develop personal projects. These results suggest the need for implementation of structured psychosocial programs for those people after release from prison.

Palavras-chave : incarcerated youths; motivations for criminal behavior; prospects for the future; Mozambique.

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