The purpose of this project was to explore the writer's experience as a gang member using the narrative format. As related in the narrative, I experienced many risk factors as a teenager, including poor family management problems, family conflict, domestic violence, parental proviolent attitudes, and sibling antisocial behavior. Consequently, I joined a gang and faced murder charges and the possibility of serving many years in the California Youth Authority. However, through the influence of positive role models and unique coping skills, I was able to avoid jail and achieve a college degree.
Children who are abused and neglected are often exposed to many of the same risk factors as children involved in delinquent behavior and gangs. My experience may provide social workers with a better understanding of adolescents who are exposed to abuse and how that issue can lead to children entering the child welfare system or gang involvement.
|Advisor:||Lopez, Rebecca A.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Criminology, Hispanic American studies|
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