Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Gangs: Understanding the urban youth intimidation dynamic
by Graulich V, William, M.A., The William Paterson University of New Jersey, 2010, 46; 1479517
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ranjan, Sheetal
School: The William Paterson University of New Jersey
Department: Sociology
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social structure
Keywords: Gangs, Interviews, Qualitative, Theory, Urban, Youth
Publication Number: 1479517
ISBN: 978-1-124-14242-5
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