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Exploring parents’ understandings of their child’s journey into offending behaviours: a narrative analysis

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Exploring parents’ understandings of their child’s journey into offending behaviours : a narrative analysis. / Knowles, Susan; Eccles, Fiona Juliet Rosalind; Daiches, Anna; Bowers, Mark.

In: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol. 21, No. 3, 07.2016, p. 447-460.

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Knowles, Susan ; Eccles, Fiona Juliet Rosalind ; Daiches, Anna ; Bowers, Mark. / Exploring parents’ understandings of their child’s journey into offending behaviours : a narrative analysis. In: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2016 ; Vol. 21, No. 3. pp. 447-460.

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