Towards a caring practice in the community
: exploring the healthcare needs of young people leaving custody

  • Camila Biazus Dalcin

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    This study explores the views and experiences related to healthcare of young people leaving custody and factors that influence the interaction between them and practitioners. The impacts of the interaction on young people’s health and wellbeing were considered. Through the development of an ethnographical study in Scotland, I engaged in participatory observation between July 2019 and March 2020 in 22 different services to analyse the interaction between young people leaving custody and practitioners that support healthcare in the community. I conducted 18 face-to-face in-depth interviews examining the experiences of young people and practitioners. Participants were eight young people and ten practitioners, and the interviews took place between October 2019 and March 2020. To understand the dynamics of interactions in the healthcare field, the study considered Ethics of Care in articulation with Pierre Bourdieu’s theoretical framework, specifically the concept of symbolic violence.

    Findings reveal that young people experience stigma and symbolic violence when interacting with practitioners in the healthcare field. The experience of imprisonment at a young age reinforced the lack of recognition of the young person’s capital. This thesis offers a fresh model of a caring interaction practice to address issues of power dynamics in the healthcare field. The model responds to young people’s needs and expectations, in which the implementation takes into consideration Bourdieu’s concepts and the Ethics of Care. A change of narrative about the young person leaving custody is essential for consolidating the micro-level, mezzo-level and macro-level of a caring interaction practice.
    Date of Award2022
    Original languageEnglish
    SponsorsCoordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior
    SupervisorFernando Lannes Fernandes (Supervisor), Ann Swinney (Supervisor), Andrea Rodriguez (Supervisor) & Sally Haw (Supervisor)


    • Young people
    • Healthcare
    • Custody
    • Community
    • Ethnography
    • Interaction
    • Practitioner
    • Stigma
    • Symbolic Violence
    • Bourdieu
    • Caring practice
    • Ethics of care

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