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NCJ Number: 149171 Find in a Library
Title: Study of Black Youth Groups: Implications for Research, Action, and the Role of the Investigator
Journal: Human Organization  Volume:34  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1975)  Pages:391-394
Author(s): R J Kleiner; H R Stub; J Lanahan
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 4
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study looked at black adolescent gangs in a large metropolitan area in the northeastern part of the United States during 1969 and 1970.
Abstract: The study focused on such issues as social status and family characteristics, gang member orientation to the larger society, ethnic identity, value commitment, self- esteem, and political ideology. An effort was made to interview members of both "legitimized" and "nonlegitimized" gangs. Legitimized gangs had societally sanctioned leaders, such as social workers, gang workers, and church youth leaders. Nonlegitimized gangs had no adult contacts and depended solely on their own membership for leaders. After 189 interviews had been completed, two young people were designated to meet weekly with investigators over a 2-year period. These youths reported analysis findings back to the gangs and came to understand the nature and process of social science research and gang-related social issues. 10 references and 3 notes
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Black juvenile delinquents; Black/African Americans; Criminology; Juvenile delinquency research; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Social conditions
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