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NCJ Number: 249991 Find in a Library
Title: Dual Trajectories of Gang Affiliation and Delinquent Peer Association During Adolescence: An Examination of Long-Term Offending Outcomes
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:45  Issue:4  Dated:April 2016  Pages:746-762
Author(s): B. D. Dong; M. D. Krohn
Date Published: April 2016
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 86-JN-CX-0007
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical Assistance); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In order to examine whether and how youth gang affiliation contributes to a spectrum of criminal acts above and beyond the influence of associating with delinquent peers, this study examined the causes and consequences of delinquency and drug use in an urban sample of adolescents, using a relatively new modeling technique—dual trajectory analysis—to illustrate the dynamic relationship between these two measures among 666 male youth.
Abstract: The study used 14 waves of data from the Rochester Youth Developmental Study, an ongoing longitudinal panel study aimed at understanding the causes and consequences of delinquency and drug use in an urban sample of adolescents. The results suggest that the two measures, while overlapping, may constitute distinct concepts that operate in different ways. The most convincing evidence of gang effects, above and beyond the influence of perceived peer delinquency, is for violent behavior and by extension police arrest. These findings contribute to developmental research and provide information that informs future gang control efforts. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile Risk Factors
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Gang Crime; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); OJJDP grant-related documents; Peer influences on behavior
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