Youth Experiences of and Views on Un-locked Coercive Placement in Residential Child Care
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Original versionReime, M. A., & Tysnes, I. B. (2020). Youth Experiences of and Views on Un-locked Coercive Placement in Residential Child Care. Young, 29(1), 12-27. 10.1177/1103308820937560
This article explores Norwegian youth experiences of and views on coercive placement in un-locked residential child care institutions. Inspired by Antonovsky’s salutogenic theory, the article discusses factors that make placement an opportunity for development among youth with serious drug and behavioural problems. The empirical material comes from interviews with 34 youth under and after coercive placement. The findings reveal that coercive placement in un-locked institutions can be helpful and necessary, provided that the institutions have the means available to protect the residents and provide supportive and meaningful treatment content. Factors such as treatment structure, the content of everyday life, clear expectations, and boundaries are discussed as important factors that help the placement to be an opportunity for development among youth with serious drug and behavioural problems.