Family Relations and School Experiences in Criminal Recidivists with a Comorbid Substance Use Problem

Erik Søndenaa, Bjørn Arnesen, Torill Karlsen, Jim Aage Nøttestad, Arne Kvithammer, Roger Almvik


In making progress to the number of recidivist offenders, different service agencies established a cooperative aiming to offer more complete service. Contact groups consisting of police officers, prison officers and local community social workers collaborated on a magnitude of targets. A survey was conducted to study the social networks, educational background, welfare problems and self management skills among 35 recidivists with a comorbid substance use problem. Results showed fewer welfare problems and better self management in recividists who had more years in the educational system and in those with a good relation to their brother. The results argue for more inclusive educational services and the use of certain family members as a resource in the public collaboration to prevent further offences.

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