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April 2008

Risk factors for joining gangs

by Staff, on teen issues, teenage problems, teenagers, teenagers and gang, troubled teenagers

What are the risk factors for teenagers in joining a gang?

  1. Poverty - a sense of hopelessness in meeting both physical and psychological needs. Teenagers somehow need self-pride and self-worth and gangs provide that kind of security. They usually succumb in cashing in the drug trade.

  2. Racism - when teenagers encounter personal and institutional and personal racism, the risks usually increased. It always happens when certain people are denied of access to privileges, resources and power.

  3. Lack of a support network - most teenagers involved in gangs come from homes who alienate or neglect their presence.

  4. Media influences - the media definitely has a certain effect on the teenagers, making it okay for them to join gangs. Staff