The Environment Encouraging “Something to Do”, Being Lively, In Juvenile Correctional Facilities, Case Study: Juvenile Vocational Training Center, Thailand


Young generation is always important for the future. With the limited of experience and maturity, they occasionally make a mistake. In the developing country as Thailand, number of teenagers in juvenile correctional facilities is a serious problem. This qualitative study was conducted to understand the life in Juvenile Vocational Training Centers (JVTC) in Thailand and important factors of environmental design of JVTC. Twelve days participatory observation in fifteen JVTC conducted the considerations of personal context and circumstance. Typically, the activities in JVTC focus on rehabilitation programs which are boring for juveniles. Most of them ignore the program by various reasons. The result of study showed that juveniles cannot be rehabbed efficiently if they feel depressed. And they cannot feel lively if they are not secured. Clear environment is proposed to ensure that all juveniles can be always noticed by others for safety. To be lively, juveniles need to have “Something to do”. The study has strongly recommended that 1) natural environment (such as pond, soil, and big tree) and 2) everyday environment (such as garage, street vender, and local meeting point) are key elements for them to start creating activities in JVTC. The environment with a good combination of these two elements is significant for juveniles to mean their future living in centers. “Something to do” in this case, could be considered as driving force, upon them to be away from worry and be lively then they can realize the future opportunities and also the benefit of rehabilitation programs.

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Pronyos Chattarakul, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
Duangkamol Limwongse, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand

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Conference: ACSS2017
Stream: Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences

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