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NCJ Number: 120606 Find in a Library
Title: Gangs, Move 'Em Out of Your Life
Corporate Author: Ontario Police Dept
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Sponsoring Agency: Ontario Police Dept
Ontario, CA 91761
Sale Source: Ontario Police Dept
200 North Cherry Avenue
Ontario, CA 91761
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In urging youth not to join gangs, this video describes various types of gangs, the destructive aspects of gang influences, reasons youth join gangs, and the warning signs of gang involvement.
Abstract: The three types of gangs described are the social gang, whose members interact primarily for social activities conducted within accepted social norms and values; the delinquent gang, organized around delinquent activities for monetary gain; and the violent gang, which features violent activity for emotional gratification. Some of the reasons discussed for why youth join gangs are attention, acceptance, a feeling of belonging, financial gain, and peer pressure. The portrayed warning signs of gang involvement are changing friends, difficulty communicating, lack of interest in family activities, declining school grades and activities, change in appearance, and personal graffiti. The video emphasizes the destructive influence of gangs in drawing its members away from normative lifestyles, educational development, and the pursuit of career goals. Gangs tend to draw members toward dropping out of school or poor school performance, involvement in crime for financial gain, and involvement with the criminal justice system. Materials accompanying the video are designed to guide classroom discussion and home assignments.
Main Term(s): Juvenile gang behavior patterns
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention; Peer influences on behavior; School delinquency programs; School dropouts
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