Taking Time Off for Misbehavior: Truancy as Self-Regulation

Melissa L. Jerrell, University of South Florida
Wilson R. Palacios, University of South Florida

The purpose of this paper is to examine truancy as a form of self-regulation among a group of adolescent boys and girls located in New City, Florida. A series of 30 semi-structure (qualitative) interviews were conducted with juveniles referred to a local truancy interdiction program and their respective parent(s) and/or guardian(s). Using the softeware package, NVIVO, the data are analyzed for common patterns and themes as they relate to notions of risk, identity enhancement, and maintenance. Overall findings are presented along with implications for future research initiatives.

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