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ERIC Number: ED501389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Youth Gangs and Schools
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA
Few schools escape dynamics and behaviors that are associated with gangs. Think, for example, about bullying, disruptive intergroup conflicts, drug sales and abuse, and vandalism such as theft, graffiti, and other forms of property damage. From both a policy and practice perspective, it is essential for schools to understand and address gang-related problems that interfere with productive schooling. Drawing on recent documents from authoritative resources, the first section of this policy and practice analysis brief defines what a youth gang is, describes gang membership and demographics as related to school concerns, presents reasons why young people join gangs, and describes the trends in school policy and practice related to gangs. The second section of this brief discusses the need to rethink the problem in order to move policy and practice forward. Appended are examples of state and district policies regarding gangs in schools and a sample of programs from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide. (Contains 2 exhibits.)
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. Department of Psychology, Franz Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Office of Adolescent Health (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Mental Health in Schools
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A