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NCJ Number: 237493 Find in a Library
Title: Societal Vulnerability and Troublesome Youth Group Involvement: The Mediating Role of Violent Values and Low Self-Control
Journal: International Criminal Justice Review  Volume:21  Issue:3  Dated:September 2011  Pages:283-296
Author(s): Lieven J.R. Pauwels; Nicole Vettenburg; Claire Gavray; Ruben Brondeel
Date Published: September 2001
Page Count: 14
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined troublesome youth groups (TYGs) or gangs in Belgium.
Abstract: Troublesome youth groups (TYGs) or “gangs” have been a research topic in the past, especially in the United States, and an increasing number of studies are currently being conducted in European countries. However, Belgium has been rather absent from the study of TYGs. This study aims to fill that gap in the literature. In the present contribution, the authors are interested in the prevalence of Belgian adolescents' involvement in TYGs and the role of societal vulnerability in this involvement. The authors are interested in the strength of the relationship between societal vulnerability and TYG and test the hypotheses that violent values and low self-control mediate the relationship between societal vulnerability and TYG. The analyses are conducted on the Belgian sample of the second edition of the International Self-Reported Delinquency study (ISRD-2). Both violent values and self-control mediate the effect of societal vulnerability and have strong independent effects on TYG. The implications of these findings are discussed. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Belgium; Juvenile self concept; Social control; Youth groups
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