Gang Membership Risk Factors for Male Juveniles

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Brooke Young
Anjanette Wells


By Brooke Young, Social Work

Advisor: Anjanette Wells

Awards: Project Advisor Award: Excellence in Research Mentoring

Presentation ID: 61

Abstract: Gang membership rates have remained steady over the past few decades, but the crime and delinquency that come with them has increased. This project attempts to find the underlying reasons that juvenile males join a gang. The research question this study answers is "What are the factors contributing to males 12-18 years old joining a gang?". This research study looks at the relationships that factors like individual, family, school, peer and neighborhood have with males ages 12-18 joining a gang. The method that is used to collect data in this study are person interviews. This research is important for developing intervention and prevention techniques and models.

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Category: Social (In)Justice