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Major Factors That May Contribute To Youth Gang Involvement
- Lives in neighborhood where gangs already exist, and where drugs and firearms are readily available
- Lack of opportunities for involvement in positive activities and hobbies, or too much unsupervised leisure time
- Problems at home; poor family management; problematic parent-child relationships; poor parental supervision
- Associates with aggressive peers and peers who engage in delinquency
- Prior and/or early involvement in delinquency, especially violence and alcohol or drug use
- Low attachment to school; poor educational or employment potential
- The need for recognition and belonging which has not been met through positive avenues
- For more information, see for example:
- Hawkins, J. David and John A. Pollard. "Risk and Protective Factors: Are Both Necessary to Understand Diverse Behavioral Outcomes in Adolescence?", Social Work Research, 23, 3, (1999) pp. 145-158.
- Howell, James C. "Moving Risk Factors into Developmental Theories of Gang Membership," Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 3, 4, (2005) pp. 334-354.
- What Is a Gang?
- How Are Gangs Identified?
- Gang Types
- How Do Gangs Recruit Their Members?
- Common Gang Initiations
- Why Young People Join Gangs?
- How Old Are Gang Members?
- Warning Signs That Your Child May Be Involved with a Gang
- What Can Parents Do To Prevent Gang Involvement?
- What Are Some School-based Anti-Gang Strategies?
- What Are Some Community Anti-Gang Strategies?
- Common Myths About Gangs
- How Do I Report Gang Activity?