Understanding the psychology of gang violence

The Ministry of Justice has published an exploratory study which attempts to identify potential implications for improving existing violence reduction interventions for prisoners who have been identified as gang members.

Issues addressed are:

  • 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?
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