Justin P. Parlette, Ethan James Zemek


Presentation: 9:00-10:15, Kennedy Union Ballroom



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For our project, we looked at how gang involvement and exposure to violence affect perceptions of chances for future success. This is a quantitative research project using the Pathways to Desistance dataset, which is focused on 1,354 juveniles involved with the justice system in both Maricopa County, AZ and Philadelphia, PA. We looked at the baseline data (lasting from November 2000 until March 2003). In order to be eligible for the study, juveniles had to be between the ages of 14 and 18 at the time of their offense. In our research, we used a total of nine variables. For our independent variables we used subject gender, ethnicity, number of biological parents in the household, ever involved in a gang, victim score, witness score, and personal rewards of crime. For our dependent variables we used aspirations and expectations for the future. Through our research, we found that victim score, the personal rewards of crime and ethnicity were significant in determining the results of future expectations. Furthermore, we found that ever being in a gang and the personal rewards of committing crime were significant in determining the result for future aspirations.

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Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Mark A. Morgan

Primary Advisor's Department

Criminal Justice and Security Studies


Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

Does Gang Involvement and Exposure to Violence Affect Perceptions of Juveniles’ Chances for Future Success?