Individual-level Context: Risk Factors For Joining Gangs

Malcolm W. Klein and Cheryl L. Maxson

in Street Gang Patterns and Policies

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195163445
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943340 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

Individual-level Context: Risk Factors For Joining Gangs

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This chapter focuses on the individual gang member. It describes and summarizes data on gang joining, the risk and protection factors that relate to joining, and data on different levels of youth commitment to the gang. Implications for prevention and intervention can be identified (and illustrated by reference back to the L.A. Bridges and G.R.E.A.T. programs).

Keywords: street gangs; gang joining; gang membership; youth

Chapter.  8156 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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