School dropout and associations with anti-social behaviours: a Bhutanese study

Sonam, Gyamtsho and J-F, Dr. and Getenet, Seyum and Swabey, Karen (2015) School dropout and associations with anti-social behaviours: a Bhutanese study. Bhutan Journal of Research and Development , 3 (2). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1321-4585


This paper explores school dropout and its association with youth crime in Bhutan. The aim was to discover whether students who drop out of school engage in antisocial or criminal behaviours. A total of 158 participants, who dropped out of school, completed a self-designed 14-point questionnaire. The study involved students who dropped out of school from the four districts of Thimphu, Paro, Chukha and Samtse. The study found that students did engage in antisocial behaviours, with more than half of the cohort involved in criminal behaviours and boys engaged in criminal and anti-social behaviours more than girls. Additionally, the study found that more girls dropped out of school than boys. Another key finding was that there was an increase in school dropout at grade 12 and grade 10 level. Contributing factors to school dropout were financial problems, drug use and family, which accounted for over half the cohort.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 04:44
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2016 03:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: student; school dropout; crime
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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