Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perspectives on aging from a former male Latino gang member
by Lien, Donna, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 89; 1522639
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study aimed to examine the perspectives of aging held by a former male Latino gang member. A case study approach was employed. Existing research on gangs has focused on violence, the nature of gangs, and membership encompassing gangs, which provides context for gaining a better understanding of gangs on many different levels. Although, one area of gang research where little attention has been paid is the aging perspective of gang members.

The aging process was idiosyncratic for a former gang member, but threads of commonality can still be drawn to general aging concepts. Themes of skipped life stages and early maturation became poignant to his aging process, which has definitively changed as he has chronologically aged. As he has "maturated out" of a gang, major themes in his gang years have changed; family no longer means other gang members, but now means wife, children, and mother.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reiboldt, Wendy
Commitee: Claver, Maria, Rose, Sandford
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Social work, Sociology
Publication Number: 1522639
ISBN: 9781303020513
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