n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Impact of a life skills group work programme on the psychosocial functioning of juvenile offenders

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Life skills programmes are presented to groups of people on a regular basis under different circumstances by a wide range of institutions with a view to reach certain objectives. The Department of Correctional Services in South Africa made life skills training, in the form of social group work, part of the rehabilitation programme which offenders have to complete during their period of imprisonment. This article was aimed at evaluating the impact of a life skills group work programme on the psycho-social functioning of juvenile offenders in a maximum correctional facility. Qualitative and quantitative findings were discussed to indicate the progress made by the participants as well as to obtain triangulation of data.

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