Gang research has largely proven futile in its efforts to retard recruitment and sustained membership, largely in part to the lack of valid results, often spawned from test-tube surveys. Only recently has gang research solidified its need and acceptance of a legitimate, qualitative research methodology. Established studies, such as Gordon et al. (2004), Lahey et al (1999), and Hill et al. (1999), have cited predictors of gang membership as low academic achievement, access and use of drugs, conduct disorder, violent behavior and contact with delinquent friends. This study assesses these predictors via a qualitative study utilizing semi-structured interviews of teens at-risk for gang membership. Some established predictors are challenged, whereas others are presented as fresh to the discussion. A theoretical contribution utilizing a grounded theoretical approach, “Urban Youth Intimidation Dynamic”, is offered for consideration for ongoing discourse.
|School:||The William Paterson University of New Jersey|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Gangs, Interviews, Qualitative, Theory, Urban, Youth|
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