The Role of Surrogate Family Dynamics in Youth Gang Recruitment and Involvement
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This work is a compilation of various methods of research in an attempt to gain a better understanding of youth gangs, and what initially draws young people to enter the dangerous world of street gangs. I have analyzed autobiographies, current literature, and have also had the unique opportunity to interview an ex-gang member to study specific dynamics that exist within gangs that may mimic a family. This thesis serves as a contribution to literature, as well as offers insight into a specific aspect of gangs (surrogate family dynamics) that have not been previously studied significantly.