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Toward an Understanding of Youth Gang Involvement: Implications for Schools

ByDana Peterson, Kirstin A. Morgan

This chapter provides an overview of research fi ndings about youth gangs and young gang members, with a discussion of implications of this knowledge for school violence and school safety. This review of gangs and gang member characteristics, risk factors for gang joining, and desistance from the gang debunks common misperceptions. Attention is given to factors of particular import in the school context, such as school-related risk factors for gang involvement, the role of gangs/gang members in violence and victimization, and other implications for school safety, including zero tolerance policies and the role of the Internet.