At-Risk

Resources for parents of at-risk and troubled teens.

teenagers and gang

Thursday

03

April 2008

Risk factors for joining gangs

by At-Risk.org Staff, on teen issues, teenage problems, teenagers, teenagers and gang, troubled teenagers

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…

Wednesday

02

April 2008

Protective factors of gangs

by At-Risk.org Staff, on teen issues, teenage problems, teenagers, teenagers and gang, troubled teenagers

At some point gangs could be really a positive experience for teenagers, provided that they know their boundaries and keep it in an interpersonal level without the drugs and all those negative factors. Here are some of the reasons: Developing social and interpersonal skills A sense of personal responsibility, self-esteem,and self-efficacy Reflective experience rather than impulsive action Internal locus of control (for instance, the belief of being able to…