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Gang-related crime: The social, psychological and behavioural correlates

Alleyne, Emma, Wood, Jane L. (2012) Gang-related crime: The social, psychological and behavioural correlates. Psychology, Crime & Law, 19 (7). pp. 611-627. ISSN 1068-316X. (doi:10.1080/1068316X.2012.658050) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:45647)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2012.658050

Abstract

This study examined the behavioral, social and psychological factors associated

with gang-related crime. By comparing group crime committed by non-gang

youth and gang members, this study sought to identify the kinds of criminal

activity gang members engage in and identify the specific characteristics that

differentiate gang-related crime from other group crimes. We found that gangs

map out their territory with graffiti and intimidate others via threats. We also

found that high levels of individual delinquency and the presence of neighborhood

gangs were significant predictors of gang-related crime. Contrary to our

expectations, the perceived importance of social status, moral disengagement and

anti-authority attitudes did not predict gang-related crime; however, further

analyses showed that the perceived importance of social status and high levels of

moral disengagement predicted gang-related crime with anti-authority attitudes

acting as mediator. These findings highlight a need to examine more closely, the

psychological and social factors that contribute to gang membership and gangrelated

crime.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/1068316X.2012.658050
Uncontrolled keywords: gangs and leadership roles; delinquency; criminal behavior; status; attitudes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Jane Wood
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2014 16:37 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:18 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/45647 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Alleyne, Emma: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4335-7176
Wood, Jane L.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4173-410X
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