An exploratory study to add to the understanding of the psychological processes contributing to violence carried out by gang members.
Understanding the psychology of gang violence: implications for designing effective violence interventions
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An exploratory study that seeks to add to the understanding of the psychological processes contributing to violence carried out by prisoners identified as street-gang members.
The over-arching aim is to identify potential implications for improving existing violence reduction interventions for this group of offenders.
Specifically the research aims to provide information relating to the following questions:
- What is a gang?
- What factors motivate individuals to join a street gang?
- What factors maintain gang membership in prison and the community?
- What factors are associated with desistance from gang involvement/membership?
- How does gang membership influence an individual’s use of violence?