ERIC Number: ED417240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Moving beyond Labels: Approaching Gang Involvement through Behavior.
Crowley, Carolyn L.; Lavery, Barbara; Siegel, Alexander W.; Cousins, Jennifer H.
This study examined the specific nature of the relationship between involvement in various risk-taking behaviors and levels of gang involvement. Forty-nine high school students, 24 girls and 25 boys, ages 14 to 18, from a rural Texas community, completed a gang involvement questionnaire and the Risk Inventory and Perception Scale during individual interviews. They were rated as high, medium, and low for gang involvement. Four patterns of involvement in risk-taking behaviors were identified based on levels of gang involvement: (1) students who were both moderate and high for gang involvement reported more involvement in risk-taking behavior than those who were low for gang involvement; (2) moderately gang involved adolescents reported significantly different levels of involvement in risk-taking behaviors than adolescents who were either uninvolved or highly involved; (3) highly gang involved adolescents reported more involvement than both uninvolved and moderately involved adolescents; and (4) there were no differences between levels of gang involvement for some risk-taking behaviors (e.g. breaking curfew). These results suggest that the identification of gang involved adolescents and the development of intervention programs would benefit from a more complete understanding of the behavioral concomitants of gang involvement. (Contains 4 figures, 2 tables, and 12 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Washington, DC, April 1997).