“They are kids, they’re making bad choices, but they are not bad kids” : Motivations and deterrents for joyriding amongst Australian youth

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Dodd, Shannon and Morgan, Matthew. (2023). “They are kids, they’re making bad choices, but they are not bad kids” : Motivations and deterrents for joyriding amongst Australian youth. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth. 28(1), pp. 733-746. https://doi.org/10.1080/02673843.2023.2282725
AuthorsDodd, Shannon and Morgan, Matthew
Abstract

Car theft and joyriding are becoming increasingly common in regional areas of Australia. Whilst the consequences of these actions can be fatal, surprisingly little is known about the motivations for young people who engage in these behaviours. This exploratory study draws from 17 in-depth interviews that were conducted as part of a pilot intervention program aimed at adolescents either already engaged or susceptible to car theft and joyriding behaviours. The findings suggest that joyriding predominately attracts disenfranchised youth who lack opportunities for education, employment, and leisure. For these adolescents, joyriding emerges to counterbalance disadvantage and alleviate the monotony in their lives. Interviewees also provide suggestions for deterring joyriding, such as providing young people with occupational opportunities that allow them to serve as role models to themselves and others and adrenaline-based activities to replace the thrills of joyriding.

Keywordsyouth; car theft; joyriding; motivations; deterrents
Year2023
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescence and Youth
Journal citation28 (1), pp. 733-746
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0267-3843
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02673843.2023.2282725
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85176440036
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Page range733-746
FunderDepartment of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs, Queensland Government
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Online15 Nov 2023
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Accepted07 Nov 2023
Deposited29 Nov 2023
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