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Vol.5(9), pp. 339-349 , December 2013
DOI: 10.5897/IJSA12.073
ISSN: 2006-988X

Full Length Research Paper

Why American boys join street gangs

Stanley S. Taylor



California State University, USA.


 Accepted: 19 August 2013  Published: 31 December 2013

Copyright © 2013 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0

It is well known that street gangs flourish in low-income African-American ghettos and Mexican barrios. There have been a moderate number of studies surrounding the reasons why youth join gangs. However, few have emphasized the life path of gang members beginning from age 7 years through adolescence and what Erickson (1950) identified as industry versus inferiority and identity versus role confusion stages of psychosocial development. This paper contributes to the literature on gang recruitment and socialization by introducing the life path of gang members, providing a rationale as to why certain boys join gangs, and shows how developmental patterns are consistent with DSM-IV-TR categorical criteria of oppositional defiance disorder, conduct disorder, and antisocial disorder patterns of delinquent youth.
Key words: Peer group, intimidation, Gangs, young adults, society.

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APA (2013). Why American boys join street gangs. International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, 5(9), 339-349.
Chicago Stanley S. Taylor    . "Why American boys join street gangs." International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 5, no. 9 (2013): 339-349.
MLA Stanley S. Taylor    . "Why American boys join street gangs." International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 5.9 (2013): 339-349.
DOI 10.5897/IJSA12.073

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