Why gang members commit more crime: Group processes and social cognitive explanations

Wood, Jane L. (2015) Why gang members commit more crime: Group processes and social cognitive explanations. In: Forensic Psychology. Wiley-Blackwell, UK, pp. 353-369. ISBN 978-1-118-75778-9.

Abstract

That gangs facilitate increased levels of deviancy in members is a consistent research finding. However, it is not fully clear why this is so. This chapter seeks to explain this effect by examining first the likely impact that group processes have on gang members and second the likely social cognitive effects that gang membership is likely to elicit. It concludes by noting the importance of psychology in gang membership and how psychologists need to develop further research to explain the specifics of gang membership as it impacts on youth.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Gangs, groups, social cognition, deviance
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: Jane Wood
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 09:38 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:56 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64877 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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