Approximately 260,000 of youth in the United States are gang-affiliated. There is a paucity of data available to identify the prevalence of mental health disorders in this population. Gang members share many of the features of Òat riskÓ or juvenile justice involved youth who deny gang membership. The authors identified rates of psychiatric disorders within […]
The resulting report examines the experiences of young people who are gang-affiliated or who have witnessed street gang activity. The views of professionals who support young people associated with gangs are also presented.
This study explored the influence of exposure to gang violence on adolescent boys’ mental health using a multi-method design. A semi-structured interview guide and the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children were used to collect data from adolescents.Adolescent boys’ exposure to gang violence in the community is alarming. These adolescents encountered situations with violence that influenced […]
Although gang involvement leads to many negative outcomes, such as incarceration, drug and alcohol use, injury, and death, gangs may also serve a protective influence to those who join them. For this reason, it is important to take a risk and resilience framework to understanding and ultimately preventing gang involvement. Our discussion includes a focus […]