Adolescent Gangs: Old Issues, New Approaches

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Curtis W. Branch
Psychology Press, 1999 - Psychology - 230 pages
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The issue of youth violence is of growing concern in America's communities. In many settings, the violence perpetrated and experienced by young people is the result of the behavior of gangs. They are not a new creation in our society but have been around for most of this century, if not before. Adolescent Gangs: Old Issues, New Approaches offers a collection of chapters dealing with how to deal with gangs effectively. The book moves beyond the usual position of describing gangs and gang members as social misfits. Rather, the book operates from the basic belief that gang members are normal people, who often participate in abnormal behavior, in search of a place for themselves in the communities in which they live. This book examines new and creative ways of thinking about gangs and how to respond to them.
 

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Contents

SelfDefinition
11
Building Communities through
17
Modified Theory of Functional Community
25
A Practitioners Perspective
39
Just a Group of Brothers JAGBl
45
The Resident Communities
51
Sustaining a Vision of the Future
57
Conclusion
81
Conclusion
125
Community Objectives
131
Changing Organizations
143
MENTAL HEALTH 1NTERVENT1ONS
149
1dentity 1ssues
159
Youth Gangs CognitiveBehavioral 1nterventions
175
Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation
188
Conclusion
210

PART II
87
References
96

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