How Does Home/Social Well Being Affect the Rate of Young Offenders & At Risk Youth?
posted on August 4, 2017
This article is about youth at risk and how the correlation between the factors that classify them as at risk lead to an increase in young offenders. It is well known that social determinants of health affect people psycho-socially which in turn leads to poor decision-making skills.
In every social determinate looked at by this article a direct comparison is made between Indigenous children/youth and non-Indigenous children/youth. The comparison is interesting because it adds statistical analysis to help highlight how much more every social determinate of health mentioned affects Indigenous people. Everything from broken families (1 parent or 1 grandparent) to young offender rates to suicide rates. In all cases, there is at least a 20% jump and in some cases, such as unemployment, Indigenous people were doubly represented.
Who is doing this research should not be overlooked when judging its significance. The government of Canada Public Safety Commission is the branch of the government responsible for this research which both adds credibility and irony to it. The government of Canada double and triple check its sources before posting anything to their website, however, it is noteworthy to mention that many of the issues Indigenous people face have been caused by the Canadian government. The intergenerational trauma from policies such as the residential school system cannot be emphasised enough as a causative factor for the overrepresentation of Indigenous youth in the mental health sector and the correctional sector.
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Public Safty Canada. (2016, January 19). A Statistical snapshot of youth at risk and youth offending in Canada. Retrieved from https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/ststclsnpsht-yth/index-en.aspx
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