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NCJ Number: 147797 Find in a Library
Author(s): R C Hutchins
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 104
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines attitudes toward society's major socializing institutions on the part of known male gang members attending an innovative high school, It also attempts to determine the extent to which known male gang members who attend the program differ in their attitudes over a period of time from each other and from known male gang members who attend traditional high schools.
Abstract: The following conclusions may be drawn from the data reported in this study. Known male gang members who applied to the special program had significantly more positive attitudes toward the concept of school than did male gang members who did not apply. Known male gang members who were in the program for two or more years had a significantly more negative attitude toward the concept of gangs than did known male gang members who were in the program for 1 year or less or known male gang members who attend traditional school. The findings of this study suggest that attendance in an innovative alternative school does have implications for those interested in altering the impact of gang activity on educational climates and the role that schools can play in changing the behavior of individual gang members. Footnotes, tables, bibliography, appendixes
Main Term(s): Gangs
Index Term(s): Juveniles
Note: Pennsylvania State University - doctoral dissertation
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