Risk factors and prevention The identification of the specific risk factors associated with youth gang involvement helps us determine where and how to focus prevention efforts. Teens can make a quick buck for dealing , stealing, selling stolen goods, and even trading weapons. Notwithstanding, this definition is terribly obscure. Thus we find that there are many reasons why young people join gangs and risk factors fall within five domains: the community, the family, the school, the peers and the individual. Gang membership can also make a child feel protected and that they belong.
Early Precursors of Gang Membership: A Study of Seattle Youth. Joining a gang, which will often treat its new members like brothers, often seems like a better lifestyle than staying at home with a violent, neglectful or sexually abusive family. A solution to combat youth gangs is to reduce their attraction. Failure to succeed in school may discourage kids from feeling like they'll ever be good enough to work a real job, so gang membership may seem like a desirable alternative. The average is generally around 18.
Some are drawn by parties, girls or drugs. With children and teens in gangs, it affects them the most, their families, and their communities. Many of these specific poor people collect welfare and other forms of government assistance, which allows them to survive, but does not necessarily foster skills for meaningful work that pays well or help with the development of wealth. Risk Factors for Gang Membership summarizes risk factors for youth gang membership that have been identified in studies using many types of research methods, including cross-sectional, longitudinal, and ethnographic observational studies. We strive to become adept conversationalists, perform impressive athletic feats, and develop an expansive knowledge base, all in order to make ourselves more appealing to other human beings. Unfortunately, few youths realize the hazards associated with gang involvement. Leaving is not a option.
Why Do Young People Join Gangs? It's very difficult for kids to break away from gangs -- the easiest way is to fade out membership slowly, by having other activities that take precedence, like a new job or volunteer activities. Start showing gangs you have zero tolerance for their activities. For some, joining a gang is like a social acceptance shortcut. Economic Reasons A gang may be able to offer a kid a place to stay, along with many luxury items she's never had. A sociologist should aim to answer questions as; do youths join gangs to gain a social status within their community? Numerous school factors have been identified, including low educational aspiration, low commitment to school, low school attachment, high levels of antisocial behavior in school, low achievement test scores, the identity of being learning disabled, and low grades. Risk Factors for Delinquency: An Overview.
Examination of this table suggests that the present state of knowledge of risk factors for gang membership is not refined. The gang, in essence, fills the void. Generally, gangs consist of young people of the same ethnic, racial, and economic background. Several family variables are important: family instability, extreme economic deprivation, family management problems, parents with violent attitudes, and sibling antisocial behavior. Have you found or been suspicious of drug involvement? Gangs are serious and they account for the majority of violence in the United States. The jealousy, recklessness, addictions, betrayal.
So they join gangs in an effort to dispense a little fear into people, sort of like a payback or a rebound effect. The idea that criminal behaviour is learned has implications for the criminal justice system. Adolescents naturally want to be accepted by their peers. Some join gangs to feel powerful or stronger than everybody else. Because both studies are collecting data on their respective samples over a long period of time, risk factors measured in early adolescence can be used to predict gang membership at points later in adolescence. First, conventional socializing agents, such as families and schools, are largely ineffective and alienating.
These conditions are further compounded by joblessness, poverty, lack of education, bandage barriers, academic deficiencies and distinctive element from pop culture, such as violent themes in music, television and films. We look out for each other and are respected by people - I don't know if I'd cope if things weren't like that for me any more. Under these conditions, conventional adult supervision is largely absent. Due to this, a clear-cut definition of a gang does not exist. New York: Cambridge Up, 1996.
They will court, threaten and even entice their new recruits. There are other explanations, not covered here, which suggest that the typical. Where do you see yourself ten years from now? Children who come from abuse or neglect, who live in a dangerous area, who aren't involved with school and community activities or who live in poverty are especially at risk. They may consist of as few as two people who exhibit little organization in the gang and commit minor delinquent acts or crimes to highly organized crime gangs organized crime, crime networks, etc. Gangs are neither just a big city or inner city problem, nor are they a problem of a particular race or culture.