Kimberly Alyson Cleveland, Kaliana M. Keyes


Presentation: 1:15-2:30, Kennedy Union Ballroom



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Many individuals have looked into how gang involvement can affect the rates of violent victimization experienced. Knowing why people join gangs is essential to understanding why there are so many victimizations. There is no one defining reason why people join gangs. Instead, many reasons can lead an individual to join these gangs. Many of the reasons people give for joining a gang include giving them an identity within society, a sense of belonging, independence from parents, protection, and loyalty. Gangs offer many opportunities for prospective gang members and then provide them for members when they join the gang. Individuals go to gangs because they provide so much that they do not feel they are getting anywhere else, which increases the likelihood that individuals will join a gang. When we ran a binary logistical regression, we found that violent victimizations are a predictor in an individual's gang involvement.

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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

The Role Violent Victimizations Play in Gang Involvement