3 advantages and 3 disadvantages on using interviews to investigate young offenders

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could be more than three if possible, the strengths and weaknesses of using interviews to investigate young offenders...?

Posted Tue 22nd May, 2012 @ 23:19 by Bakang Moholo

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face to face contact therefore can see interactions and body language

ethical issues because they are minors

indepth data

can explain the meaning of questions unlike in a questionnaire

this is all i can think of at the top of my head. lol.

Answered Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 09:01 by Tiffany
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but young offenders so unlikely to take it seriously- screw up effect

tend to be working class- language difficulties

but you can build up a rapport which allows the offenders to become more comfortable and open up more.

unstructured interviews- flexible you can follow areas that the offenders feel comfortable taklking about. also allows uto gain versthen

Answered Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 09:30 by A.A
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disadvantages:

- interviewer bias: when an interviewer conducts the interview, the interviewer would most likely mislead the participant to a particular answer(the manner they talk to the participant) thus being more biased and not showing us a true picture about interviewing the young participant

- ethical issue: the young participant may feel intimidated in being interviewed by the interviewer, and this may lead to the young offender giving different answers that would impress the interviewer rather than saying what is true e.g.( the young offender would say " i have commited only a few minor thefts here and there" .....but in actual fact they might have commited more serious crimes ie robbing a bank ect)

- practical issue: participant/non participant interview may be time consuming and expensive because you would have to interview each and every person individually, and this may mean that the researcher will have to spend allot of time just seeking information about young offenders

...hope it helps :)

Answered Sat 26th May, 2012 @ 15:12 by ELectrica!
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it has helped a lot thank you.. do you have any more advantages of the method?

Answered Mon 4th June, 2012 @ 16:27 by Bakang Moholo
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Disadvantages:

  • May respond differently in front of interviewer.
  • May give better answers if anonymous, in case with questionaires. 
  • Interviewing is time consuming and cannot target a lagre number of people in short time.
  • Young Offenders may just not take the interviewer seriously and may think what they do is right such as bullying, mocking around etc.
Answered Sat 26th May, 2012 @ 05:45 by maham
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Disadvantages:

  • May respond differently in front of interviewer.
  • May give better answers if anonymous, in case with questionaires. 
  • Interviewing is time consuming and cannot target a lagre number of people in short time.
  • Young Offenders may just not take the interviewer seriously and may think what they do is right such as bullying, mocking around etc.
Answered Sat 26th May, 2012 @ 05:45 by maham
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advantages:

- by using interview(especially unstructured interviews) you are able obtain sensitive information easily from the young offenders than any other research method ie a questionnaire

- easily able to collect data from the participants and so producing results easily

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Answered Mon 4th June, 2012 @ 17:57 by ELectrica!
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Advantages:

  • Interviews allow a rapport to develop where the young offender can trust the interviewer and they can get to know each other.
  • Young offenders may prefer an interview where they won't get bored like filling in questionnaires.
  • Structured interviews will decrease any imposing values/interviewer bias.
  • One-to-one interviews may be more valid because the young offender won't 'play up' their criminality like that in a group setting.
Answered Wed 20th June, 2012 @ 17:29 by Charmaine