9 May 2019

The aim of this work is to analyse the influence of protective and/or judicial measures on the transit to prison of young women who have been through these situations as minors, starting by identifying risk factors associated with the process. Consequently, it provides new verified benchmarks for intervention with the population of young women in prison. To this end, qualitative and quantitative methods are used with a sample of 599 female inmates from 42 Spanish prisons, to whom 538 surveys and 61 interviews were applied. Three subsamples were selected: protection centres (n = 60); foster care (n = 36), and judicial measures (n = 72). A descriptive and interpretative study was carried out using frequency analysis, contingency tables, independence tests, and measures of association. The results show that 20.3 % of young women in prison have a prior history of institutionalisation in protective measures and 13.4 % with judicial measures. The main risk factors identified are: low educational levels (69.4 % below secondary education), environments with family members or partners in prison (between 48 % and 63.2 %), addictions (drugs and alcohol), either personal or affecting family members (over 60 %), and a significant relationship between young people who experienced judicial measures as minors having made reports of abuse. In the discussion and conclusions, growth in criminal behaviour by young people, especially women, is evident. Regarding the group studied, the low valuation of their time in protection centres and judicial measures by the imprisoned women, the difficulty of their family and affective background, and their worryingly low levels of education are striking. These data support the bases for evaluating the early impact on processes of transit towards prison and the options for socio-educational intervention aimed at reintegration and inclusion.

This is the English version of an article originally printed in Spanish in issue 273 of the revista española de pedagogía. For this reason, the abbreviation EV has been added to the page numbers. Please, cite this article as follows: Añaños-Bedriñana, F. T., Melendro Estefanía, M., & Raya Miranda, R. (2019). Mujeres jóvenes con medidas de protección y judiciales y sus tránsitos hacia la prisión | Young women with protective and judicial measures and their transition towards prison. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 77 (273), 333-350. doi:

8 May 2017

This paper presents an analysis of the process of integration among migrant young people in Catalonia aged from 14 to 18. For nthis purpose, a study was made, using a survey and four discussion groups probing the points of view of both the migrant and native youth. Results are organised around a model of integration based on four core dimensions: structural, cognitive-cultural, social and of identity; and confirm that a society which is plural in its beliefs, convictions and forms should be reflected in democratic systems and social and educational policies based on a concept of integration as reciprocity and understood as a fundamental principle in the management of diversity.




Cite this article as: Luna González, E., Palou Julián, B., & Sabariego Puig, M. (2017).  Reflexiones sobre el proceso de integración de la juventud extranjera en Cataluña: un enfoque socioeducativo | Analysing the integration process of migrant youth in Catalonia: a socio-educative approachRevista Española de Pedagogía, 75 (267), 275-291.  doi:


3 February 2016

This article deals with the definition of minimum quality criteria for professional intervention in leisure, training and work with young people in social difficulty, to establish good practices. It is the result of an investigation which is based on qualitative methodology and, more specifically, the Delphi technique as a strategy to collect information. This technique is based on the consultation of experts and professionals who issue their opinions cyclically on the subject to be treated until they reach a consensus.In the collection of data, professionals have been involved from different organizations and different training: Social Work, Social Education, Psychology, Pedagogy ... For the design of the different instruments of data collection implemented in each of the rounds, as well as the definition of the dimensions of analysis, we have based on the contributions that these experts around Spain have given us regarding this issue, respecting their anonymity throughout the process.The result of this research will serve as reference for all the autonomous communities and can be used as a guide for the organization, planning and evaluation of social intervention aimed at this particularly vulnerable group.

3 February 2016

This articles aim is to provide specific information about a field that has been poorly and marginally addressed on research, the use of ICTs during leisure time by the most vulnerable youth and their socio-educational treatment. In order to do so an analysis of the information obtained from an ad hoc questionnaire has been made. This questionnaire was applied to a sample of 1.764 post-compulsory education students from all the Spanish regions, among which 493 were vulnerable. The outcomes show the use of ICTs by vulnerable youth is similar to the use made by the rest of young population. Miguel Melendro Estefanía, Francisco Javier García Castilla y Rosa Goig MartínezNevertheless, in these cases it is necessary to pay special attention to the high intensity and frequency, the isolation and exclusivity of use and to the gender differences in their practice of ICT, elements that increase significantly their vulnerability. Determined competences to develop are also detailed, to be used with these youth so they can make an inclusive and transforming use of ICTs, which gives them access to more relevant cultural capital than mere instrumental learning.

3 February 2016

The transition of young people into employment and training is a challenge in todayâ??s society, even among young people in situations of social vulnerability. In this project a study to review allocations on the study and the employment of vulnerable youth sample is presented. To do this, there has been an integrative research design that includes a quantitative and a qualitative study. For the former, an ad hoc questionnaire was applied to 493 vulnerable young people from all regions. For the second, interviews were conducted with nineteen young participants in social and educational programs aimed at improving employability and employment, developed by seven social institutions of Madrid and Andalusia. The results reveal the type of benefits attributed to the study and employment, and that there is a relationship between them.