THE CAUSES BEHIND TEENAGERS JOINING GANGS


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Why do kids join gangs? There are different reasons for different kids.

Some are drawn by parties, girls, and drugs. Some are looking for a sense of respect and power. Some find a feeling of caring and attention in a gang. It becomes almost a family to them. Some want to make money -- to help out at home or to have nice clothes, etc. Some join for self protection because they are picked on by other gangs. Some grow up in a neighborhood where it is almost a way of life. Most have some real or imagined problem at home that makes them prefer the streets. ("Gangs and At-Risk Kids")



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Another reasons are:

• Attention • Desire for friendship and a sense of belonging • Nowhere else to turn • Peer pressure • Low self-esteem • Respect/desire to be recognized • Fear/need for protection • Sense of power • Love • Victim of poverty or inequality • Family tradition • Excitement • Access to drugs, guns, sex, and money • To feel superior • Family problems/lack of positive communication • Inadequate adult supervision • Fad/media glamorizing gangster life

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WORKS CITED:

Gangs and At-Risk Kids. N.p., 28 May 2010. Web. May 20 2010. http://www.gangsandkids.com/gwhyjoin.html

mitchell R. morrissey, . (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.denverda.org/prosecution_units/Gang/Why_Do_Kids_Join_Gangs.htm


http://www.sdcoe.net/vpi/gangs/why.pdf

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