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Gangs and Delinquency in Developmental Perspective

Gangs and Delinquency in Developmental Perspective

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Criminology

  • Date Published: December 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521891295

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  • To reveal how membership in adolescent street gangs influences human development, the authors examine the origins of gang membership and the social and psychological factors that lead to joining. After demonstrating that gang members are responsible for the major share of serious and violent delinquency, they indicate how membership facilitates delinquent behavior and other developmental problems such as teen pregnancy and school dropout.

    •  Demonstrates that gang membership is very strongly related to serious delinquency and violence and that the gang itself elicits these behaviours
    •  Unlike most other studies of gangs, this one is able to investigate true risk factors and antecedents of gang membership
    •  Shows that gang membership is very disruptive to normal adolescent development
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    • Date Published: December 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521891295
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.364kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 55 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A life-course orientation to the study of gang membership
    2. Research procedures: the sample and the data
    3. Characteristics of gang members
    4. The antecedents of gang membership
    5. The origins of gang membership
    6. Gangs as a facilitating context for delinquent behavior
    7. Gangs, guns, and crime
    8. Gangs and other law violating youth groups
    9. Long-term consequences of gang membership
    10. Gangs in life-course perspective.

  • Authors

    Terence P. Thornberry, State University of New York, Albany

    Marvin D. Krohn, State University of New York, Albany

    Alan J. Lizotte, State University of New York, Albany

    Carolyn A. Smith, State University of New York, Albany

    Kimberly Tobin, Westfield State College, Massachusetts

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