Jesika Juliana, Zhooriyati Sehu Mohamad


As there is an increasing number of female adolescent prisoners and a high rate of recidivism, the knowledge of self-concept is crucial to work as a preventive factor. Therefore, the aim for this research is to investigate the self-concept of female adolescent prisoners. The research was directed in qualitative methodology. The interview procedure was directed with seven participants in two adolescent confinement centres in the city of Tangerang, Indonesia. Researchers found that female juvenile offenders are having negative self-concept from various aspects as they tend to view themselves negatively. Elements that contribute to these conditions include their relationship with significant others, such as guardians and companions, as well as the negative perception from the general public in regards to their status. The sentiment of blame and disgrace towards guardians, and cynicism concerning what's to come are the key factors that further impacted the negative self-concept. A few implications include avoiding the stigmas and labelling towards offenders, as well as increasing female offenders’ well-being. For this study, researchers propose future study to explore the guardian’s viewpoints.


Female adolescent; Offenders; Self-concept; Juvenile detention centre; Indonesia

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