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NCJ Number: 236343 Find in a Library
Title: Gender and Gangs: A Quantitative Comparison
Journal: Crime & Delinquency  Volume:55  Issue:3  Dated:July 2009  Pages:363-387
Author(s): Kerryn E. Bell
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 25
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared the risk factors associated with gang membership between males and females.
Abstract: Research and theory about female gang involvement remain scarce. Drawing on the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, this study addresses whether males and females differ in risk factors associated with gang membership (e.g., community characteristics, parent-child relationships, associations with deviant friends). Integrating theory and research from social disorganization, social control, and feminist perspectives on crime/ delinquency, few differences are found between boys and girls in terms of risk factors associated with gang membership and outcomes associated with gang involvement. Instead, the results indicate that parental social control, attachment, and involvement; school safety; peer fighting; age; and race similarly influence boys' and girls' gang involvement. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Male female juvenile offender comparisons; Peer influences on behavior
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