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NCJ Number: 148512 Find in a Library
Title: Gang Problems Among Asian Students
Author(s): G W Knox
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 37
Sponsoring Agency: Chicago State University
Chicago, IL 60628
Sale Source: Chicago State University
Dept of Criminal Justice
95th and King Drive, HWH 329
Chicago, IL 60628
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A study involving a sample of 361 Asian students examined whether traditional hypotheses of juvenile gang membership are relevant for explaining aspects of the gang problem among this population.
Abstract: The results showed that in many respects, Asian students face similar gang-related problems and risk factors as do white, black, and Hispanic youth. High self-esteem and high internal locus of control were correlated with high grades but not with gang membership per se. The belief in good luck and the academic vulnerability factor were both significantly related to fighting behavior and gang involvement. The strongest predictors of gang membership were having close friends who were gang members, having close friends who used drugs, and having one or more fights in the past year. A discriminant analysis correctly identified 83 percent of the subjects who were gang members. 15 tables, 12 notes, and 35 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Asian Americans; Gangs; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; Statistics
Note: Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 6, 1992.
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