Race and Ethnicity: What Are Their Roles in Gang Membership?

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The roles of race and ethnicity in gang membership are becoming increasingly complicated; more gangs are becoming multiracial, which affects the role of race and ethnicity, especially with respect to conflicts between gangs. Research-based evidence on how race and ethnicity should influence gang membership prevention strategies is still limited. That said, gang-joining prevention strategies should address common factors that cut across racial and ethnic lines, such as poverty and immigration, social isolation and discrimination, drug use, limited educational opportunities, and low parental monitoring.

Read the Changing Course chapter “Race and Ethnicity: What Are Their Roles in Gang Membership?” by Adrienne Freng and Terrance J. Taylor (pdf, 15 pages).

Date Created: September 16, 2013