Research and analysis
Understanding the psychology of gang violence
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?