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ERIC Number: ED415464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 23
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A Synthesis of Research on Home, School, and Community Collaboration To Keep Children from Joining Gangs.
Mullis, Lelia Christie
Some models for collaboration among families, schools, law enforcement, and social agencies, which promote gang awareness and prevention of gang involvement at the elementary and middle school levels, are described in this research review. The studies were grouped into three categories: background information, prevention strategies, and intervention strategies. Statistics regarding gang involvement and the sociology of gangs are covered first. Ways in which communities can break the cycle of violence through early and middle childhood prevention are discussed and includes antiviolence curricula (e.g., Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and intervention strategies, such as dress codes, mentor programs, after-school activities, and collaborative community programs. Numerous examples of where these programs have been tried are presented. Based on the findings, eight steps for preventing gang involvement are offered. They include the following: collaboration and education among school, family, and community; love and respect for all children; individualized instruction for students; life skills curricula for students; preventive measures in early childhood; mentoring and monitoring for middle grade children; zero tolerance for bullying, intimidation, and violence. Contains approximately 65 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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