"'Gang Membership, Delinquent Peers, and Delinquent Behavior' describes the findings of OJJDP [Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention]-funded longitudinal research involving juveniles in Seattle, WA, and Rochester, NY. This research addressed a fundamental question, 'Does gang membership contribute to delinquency above and beyond the influence of associating with delinquent peers?' The answer was yes in both cities, despite significant differences in demographics. After describing study methods and results, the authors summarize the implications of their findings. One crucial implication is that communities developing comprehensive approaches to reducing juvenile violence and victimization must consider the role of youth gangs and the necessity of including youth gang prevention, intervention, and suppression components."
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