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NCJ Number: 162927 Find in a Library
Title: Toward a Gang Solution: The Redirectional Method
Author(s): S M Rosen; P V Hingano; D K Spencer
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 86
Sponsoring Agency: National Resource Ctr for Youth Services
Tulsa, OK 74120
Publication Number: ISBN 878848-43-7
Sale Source: National Resource Ctr for Youth Services
125 N. Greenwood Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74120
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Redirectional Method (RM) is advocated as a replicable, nondirective, and nonjudgmental therapeutic model that can change antisocial gang attitudes and behaviors into prosocial behaviors; as gang members become increasingly aware of their individual competencies, group cohesiveness declines and independence increases.
Abstract: The fundamental hypothesis of RM is that destructive behaviors can be redirected into constructive behaviors when youth believe they are important. The underlying philosophy of RM is that neighborhood adolescent gangs are essentially friendship gangs whose members are not inordinately disturbed and who exhibit positive characteristics that can be exploited to redirect behavior into constructive channels. The book examines the adolescent gang as a low-income minority phenomenon consisting of members in an age range from middle school through early adulthood. The book has four sections: (1) historical and sociological development of youth gangs and gang programs in the United States; (2) group theory perspective on gangs; (3) philosophy and practice principles of RM as a method with the potential for significantly enhancing the mainstream potential of gang members and reducing violence and the adolescent gang problem; and (4) case examples of RM implementation. 47 references and 16 photographs
Main Term(s): Gang Prevention; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Deviance; Group behavior; Group therapy; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile social adjustment; Minority juvenile offenders; Violence prevention
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