Female Involvement in the Criminal Justice System and Risk of Violent Victimization: an Examination of Gang Involvement

Citation

Timchenko, K.; Rima, D.; Mukhamadiyeva, G.; Duzbayeva, S.; & Beaver, K. M. (2020). Female Involvement in the Criminal Justice System and Risk of Violent Victimization: an Examination of Gang Involvement. American Journal of Criminal Justice. pp. 20

Abstract

Research on gang membership is widespread and, as a result, findings from such studies have produced a significant amount of information about gangs and gang members. Historically, most of the gang research has focused on male gang members, but during the past couple of decades a considerable emphasis has been placed on understanding female gang members. At the same time, knowledge on female gang members still lags behind that of male gang members. Against that backdrop, the current study sought to add to the existing literature on female gang members by analyzing the association between female gang membership and contact with the criminal justice system, involvement in acts of violent crime and delinquency, and experiences with being victimized. To do so, female respondents from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) were analyzed. The results of the analyses revealed that 17.2% of females had been part of a gang during their lifetime. Moreover, gang membership was associated with greater involvement in violent crime and delinquency and it was also associated with a greater number of victimization experiences. Gang membership also was associated with an increased risk of being arrested and incarcerated, though these associations were no longer significant after accounting for a number of key control variables.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1007/s12103-020-09526-4

Keyword(s)

Add Health

Notes

ISI Document Delivery No.: LC2IL Times Cited: 0 Cited Reference Count: 72 Timchenko, Karina Rima, Dzhansarayeva Mukhamadiyeva, Gulzhan Duzbayeva, Saltanat Beaver, Kevin M. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human DevelopmentUnited States Department of Health & Human ServicesNational Institutes of Health (NIH) - USANIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) [P01-HD31921] This research uses data from Add Health, a program project directed by Kathleen Mullan Harris and designed by J. Richard Udry, Peter S. Bearman, and Kathleen Mullan Harris at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and funded by grant P01-HD31921 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, with cooperative funding from 23 other federal agencies and foundations. Special acknowledgment is due Ronald R. Rindfuss and Barbara Entwisle for assistance in the original design. Information on how to obtain the Add Health data files is available on the Add Health website (http://www.cpc.unc.edu/addhealth).No direct support was received from grant P01HD31921 for this analysis. 0 SPRINGER NEW YORK

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

American Journal of Criminal Justice

Author(s)

Timchenko, K.
Rima, D.
Mukhamadiyeva, G.
Duzbayeva, S.
Beaver, K. M.

Year Published

2020

Pages

20

ISSN/ISBN

1066-2316

DOI

10.1007/s12103-020-09526-4

Reference ID

6529