Risk Factors of Deviant Behavior Among Youth in the Republic of Macedonia: A Survey of Student’s Value Attitudes

Saše Gerasimoski, SG (2015) Risk Factors of Deviant Behavior Among Youth in the Republic of Macedonia: A Survey of Student’s Value Attitudes. In: Proceedings of the Intrenational Scientific Conference, Researching Security: Approaches, Concepts and Policies. Faculty of Security, Skopje, pp. 39-54.

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Abstract

Deviant behavior among youth in the Republic of Macedonia has significantly increased in the last two decades, a fact that can be both statistically observed and seen in everyday life experience. The phenomenology of deviant behavior varies from amoral and asocial behavior through socio-pathological phenomena and crimes. In spite of some research that has been done in this field, the risk factors of deviant behavior have not been extensively researched nor discussed in the Macedonian science of social pathology. In this context, this paper attempts to determine the risk factors of deviant behavior among youth seen through the survey done by the author. The author has done a survey of students’ value attitudes in relation to risk factors of deviant behavior among youth in the Republic of Macedonia. The survey was conducted in the last three years with students at the Faculty of Security-Skopje and it used a semi-structured questionnaire. The findings of the primary data were compared with other studies in order to analyze the relevance of results and prove some of the basic claims of the author, namely, the relation between deviant behavior of the youth as dependent variable on one hand, and value ambivalence and moral relativizing as independent variables on the other hand. In terms of theoretical underpinnings, the author sees the value ambivalence and moral relativizing in relation to the theory of anomie, i.e., within the broader theories of socio-structural disorganization. Consequently, the study could be helpful in the scientific determination of etiology of deviant behavior among youth in the Republic of Macedonia and in establishing comprehensive and sustainable preventive policies and measures in dealing with deviant behavior among youth. The paper itself also offers some useful recommendations and conclusions that could be implemented in the future by the state and civilian policy makers and practitioners in the field of societal reaction, control and prevention. Key words: risk factors, deviant behavior, youth, phenomenology, etiology, social reaction

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Security
Depositing User: Fbs Eprints
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2020 12:03
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2020 12:03
URI: http://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/4650

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