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NCJ Number: 163335 Find in a Library
Title: Youth Violence and Gangs
Author(s): B Larson; W Amstutz
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 128
Sponsoring Agency: National Counseling Resource Ctr
Rochester, MN 55903
Publication Number: ISBN 1-885442-00-9
Sale Source: National Counseling Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 87
Rochester, MN 55903
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book discusses gangs and how they affect communities; drugs and young people; and the major causes and effects of youth violence.
Abstract: The book defines a gang as a group (usually adolescents or young adults) who meet on a regular basis; they have a common name, rules, signs, colors, or symbols. Individually and collectively most or all of the members participate in illegal activities. The book contains a history of modern gangs and details on the major groups of gangs in the United States: Crips, Bloods, Hispanic-Latino Gangs, Asian/Southeast Asian Gangs, White Gangs, Folks, The People, Mexican Gangs, and miscellaneous others. A chapter on City to Rural Influence discusses how gangs expand and the impact of their expansion. Involvement in Gangs is the major topic of a chapter that examines persons at risk, reasons why people join gangs, and signs of gang involvement. Interpreting gang graffiti; personality traits of gang members; gang music; destructive cycles within the gang structure; and gang violence are some of the other aspects of gang activity covered in the book. It closes with a section on solutions and strategies for change. Footnotes, appendixes, bibliography, references
Main Term(s): Gangs
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Controlled Substances; Graffiti; Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS); Juvenile drug use; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; Juveniles; Sexually transmitted diseases; Violent juvenile offenders
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