The Psychological Consequences of the Prison Environment on the Personality of the Young Detainee
Keywords:young person’s personality; independence; tensions; conflicts; criminal behavior
We all consider youth to be one of the most significant periods of life. We are energetic, we
have ongoing projects, hard work, confidence and time. Youth is representative, it guides us in
projecting further developments, it makes us happy or sad, it raises questions or gives us answers. The
predominant transformations occur in the sphere of personality. Young people manifest consciously
and often in a controlled way, as certain temperamental types, develop and diversify their skills (based
on their own inclinations and interests), stabilize at the level of character traits, manifest intelligently
and creatively. The child is the most valuable asset, both for the family and for society, due to the fact
that the child of the present will become the adult of the future. Thus, his emotional, social and physical
development has a direct effect on the adults they will transform into. The need to invest in the
development of children from an early age is essential, due to the fact that their emotional evolution
must be harmonious for them to become balanced adults, without major emotional slippage. “The
adolescent’s desire to be unique is greatly exacerbated by taking the form of the need for singularity,
isolation, the young man being exclusively concerned with his own person (...)” (Golu, Verza, Zlate M,
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