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Juveniles and Gang Activity

Why do juveniles join gangs?
What is the psychological profile of a gang member?
What can parents do to help their children stay clear of gangs?
What should parents do if they find out their children are involved in gang activity?
Who should parents call, and what kind of information should they provide?
How can the community and schools help prevent juvenile gang activity?
How can parents volunteer for these activities?

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Why do juveniles join gangs?

Juveniles join gangs to fit in and gain a sense of family that can provide some form of stability and purpose in their lives. Most gang members either come from homes that are devoid of love, parenting, and stability or where their own family members are a part of the gang. Therefore, in the instances where juveniles who have little to no family life join gangs, this initiation stems from attempting to receive the love from their gang that they never had at home. Even if this requires committing crimes and other acts of violence, the teen will be able to finally identify with a "family" in the gang.

What is the psychological profile of a gang member?

The profile can range from the aforementioned juvenile gang member who joins to find a sense of belonging to those who have been in the gang for decades serving as ...

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The expert examines juveniles and Gang activity. How parents can volunteer for these activities are determined.