The Role of Professionals Working with Youth: Insights and Suggestions from Urban Regeneration Zone in Ankara, Turkey

Ayalp M. Ç., TUNCAY T.

Journal of Social Service Research, vol.49, no.3, pp.377-390, 2023 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 49 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01488376.2023.2234412
  • Journal Name: Journal of Social Service Research
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, IBZ Online, Periodicals Index Online, Abstracts in Social Gerontology, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.377-390
  • Keywords: Altındağ, risk and protective factors, risky behavior, urban regeneration, youth
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Urbanization and population growth in Turkey have worsened housing issues in Ankara’s gecekondu (squatter housing in Turkey) areas, causing more deprivation and crime. Urban regeneration aims to prevent crime, but it should prioritize human needs to prevent damage to the social fabric and psychosocial development of the youth. This phenomenological qualitative research explores the experiences, observations, expectations, and suggestions of 16 professionals working with youth in an urban generation zone in Ankara. The study found that the perception of insecurity persists, and social facilities are underutilized by the youth. The neighborhood exhibits the characteristics of a deprived area and is also affected by low socioeconomic status and poverty. Although crime has dispersed to other neighborhoods, it remains a problem in the neighborhood. A program that supports the psychosocial development of youth is necessary, as professionals find it challenging to intervene effectively and address underlying problems. Subsequent studies may examine other demographic groups and factors, including poverty, discrimination, and gender.