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

Alleyne, Emma and 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:https://doi.org/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)

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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
Uncontrolled keywords: gangs and leadership roles; delinquency; criminal behavior; status; attitudes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Depositing User: Jane Wood
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2014 16:37 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2015 15:54 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/45647 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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