Youth Gangs and Definitional Issues: When is a Gang a Gang, and Why Does it Matter?:

@inproceedings{Esbensen2001YouthGA,
  title={Youth Gangs and Definitional Issues: When is a Gang a Gang, and Why Does it Matter?:},
  author={Finn-Aage Esbensen and Jr. L. Thomas Winfree and Ni “Phil” He and Terrance J. Taylor},
  year={2001}
}
The recent explosion in gang research has highlighted the importance of consistent definitions for gang affiliation and gang-related crime. Definitional questions have assumed greater significance in the wake of broad-ranging prevention and intervention strategies. In this article, the authors utilize a sample of approximately 6,000 middle-school students to examine the youth gang phenomenon using five increasingly restrictive membership definitions. The least restrictive definition includes… CONTINUE READING

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