Female recovery and desistance pathways

01 January 2024 → 31 December 2027
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
    • Youth and life course criminology
recovery female pathways criminality
Project description

Since the 1980s, the process of desistance from offending has been increasingly researched. The role of both internal and external factors has also been acknowledged within recovery research, by examining the concept of recovery capital. Due to the overlap between recovery and desistance, researchers have indicated the need to study recovery capital in a population involved in both
recovery and desistance. Despite ample research acknowledging gendered needs in the process of change, most desistance and recovery (capital) studies focus on predominantly male samples. Therefore, this study aims to examine the desistance and recovery process of women. Through life story interviews and photovoice group sessions, the study explores how recovery capital influences
the process of desistance and recovery. Furthermore, the study aims to gain insight in whether recovery capital resources differ between the initiation and maintenance of these processes of change. This research will contribute to the understanding of the complex desistance and recovery process among women.