CitationWatkins, Adam M. & Melde, Chris (2017). The effect of gang membership on criminal, victimization, and sexual activity among male and female youth. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Kansas City, MO.
AbstractMany studies have found that gang membership increases involvement in or exposure to adverse behaviors such as crime and victimization. W hile both male and female gang members complete or experience such behaviors, a growing literature suggests that for certain behaviors gang involvement may be more (or less) deleterious for female members in particular. We use data from a national sample of youth to assess whether gang membership has a similar effect on criminal, victimization, and sexual activity among male and female youth. These behaviors are central to much theoretical discussion on female gang membership.
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book TitleAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Author(s)Watkins, Adam M.