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Psychological and Behavioral Characteristics Differentiating Gang and Non-gang Girls in the UK

Alleyne, Emma, Pritchard, E. (2016) Psychological and Behavioral Characteristics Differentiating Gang and Non-gang Girls in the UK. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, 2 (2). pp. 122-133. ISSN 2056-3841. (doi:10.1108/JCRPP-05-2015-0017)

Abstract

Purpose: Research has demonstrated that girls are involved in gangs as members and affiliates. However, the psychological processes related to female gang membership has, to date, not been examined using a rigorous comparative design. The main purpose of this study was to assess whether female gang members exhibit distinct psychological and behavioral features when compared to female non-gang youth.

Findings: The results found that gang members reported significantly more criminal activity, sexual activity, unwanted sexual contact and held more anti-authority attitudes when compared to their non-gang counterparts.

Originality/value: There is very little research that explicitly examines the characteristics of female gang members with suitable comparison groups. This study adds to the growing literature on female involvement in gangs and highlights the distinct psychological and behavioral characteristics of this group. In summary, these findings support the notion that female gang members are both at risk of being sexually exploited and engaging in criminal activities.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/JCRPP-05-2015-0017
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Emma Alleyne
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2015 18:17 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:13 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/51906 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Alleyne, Emma: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4335-7176
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