School exclusion, substance misuse and use of weapons: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of interviews with children.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2021) School exclusion, substance misuse and use of weapons: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of interviews with children. Support for Learning, 36 (2). ISSN 0268-2141 (In Press)

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Abstract

The study presents data drawn from semi-structured interviews with five young people permanently excluded from schools in North East England. The research aimed to investigate the risk factors that lead to the children using illegal drugs, to determine the drivers and implications for drug misuse and the carrying of knives into school. The research also hoped to elicit from the young people, the solutions that could have prevented their exclusion from school. The interviews were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis to understand how a homogenous sample made sense of their lived experiences (Smith, 2004; Smith et al., 2009). The findings highlight the importance of prompt identification and support for children with learning and subsequent mental health needs as the evidence suggests they lead to perceived negative behaviours by teachers. The research provides further evidence that behaviour sanctions in mainstream schools such as detention and isolation booths do not improve behaviour but make it worse. Original to this research is the finding that children are consuming drugs before school to cope with their inability to access the learning, to aid their concentration and to medicate themselves to reduce the likelihood of being sanctioned by teachers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Education > Primary Education
Education > Childhood Studies
Psychology > Cognitive Behaviour
Social Sciences > Community and Youth Work
Psychology > Counselling
Social Sciences > Criminology
Education > Early Childhood Studies
Education > Educational Research
Education > Further Education
Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Psychology > Psychology
Psychology > Psychotherapy
Education > Secondary Education
Psychology > Social Psychology
Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Working with Young People
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society
Depositing User: Sarah Martin-Denham
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2020 13:56
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2021 16:45
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/12788
ORCID for Sarah Martin-Denham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4028-4197

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