What are the risk factors for teenagers in joining a gang?
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.
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.
Lack of a support network - most teenagers involved in gangs come from homes who alienate or neglect their presence.
Media influences - the media definitely has a certain effect on the teenagers, making it okay for them to join gangs.