Att lämna det kriminella livet
: en kvalitativ stude av förändringsprocessen till ett liv utan kriminalitet

  • Peter Broch

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    The purpose of the present study is to identify events and experiences that influences individuals to make the decision to desist from a criminal life style; and to identify crucial and important factors in the process of desisting from a criminal life style. The used method is qualitative interviews. Five persons connected to KRIS (an organization with the aim to help desisters) were interviewed and the results were analyzed through a theoretic framework consisting Laub and Sampson ́s (2006) definition of the concept of turning points; Paternoster and Bushway ́s (2009) identity theory of desistance from crime; and Emirbayer and Mishe ́s theoretical definition of the concept of human agency. The result shows that all interviewees were affected by crystalization of discontent and the motive to avoid feared possible self (Paternoster & Bushway, 2009) when they decided to desist from criminality. The own will was identified as the most crucial factor in the process of criminal desistance. Social support and the importance of hanging on to new routines were mentioned as other important factors in the process. The conclusion of the study is that it is seldom enough with single factors as solutions to the problems of this study. A successful desistance process is often a result of an interplay between several factors.

    Date of Award2020-Nov-05
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorJoakim Thelander (Supervisor) & Sofia Yakhlef (Examiner)

    Courses and Subjects

    • Criminology

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Sociology (50401)


    • turning points
    • desistance
    • crystlization of discontent
    • the feared possible self
    • social bonds
    • human agency

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