Year: 2003 Source: Youth and Society, v.34, no.4, (June 2003), p.441-467 SIEC No: 20040356

The present study documented the extent of gang involvement & gang membership in a sample of 602 homeless & runaway youth from 4 midwestern states, as well as compared gang members, gang-involved youth who were not members, & nongang youth on several dimensions. Youth gang members & gang-involved youth reported more family legal problems, had been suspended from school more, ran away at a younger age, used more alcohol & drugs, were exposed to more deviant peers, & attempted suicide more than did nongang youth. (58 refs)