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Vietnamese Youth Gang Involvement   [open pdf - 78KB]

"The city of Westminster in Orange County, CA, has completed a study funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) that examined factors related to gang involvement by Vietnamese American youth. It is one of only a few systematic quantitative studies on this topic. This Fact Sheet summarizes findings from the study's final report, Cultural Explanations for Vietnamese Youth Involvement in Street Gangs. [...] These findings suggest that while services focusing solely on cultural identity issues may have benefits, they will not be effective in preventing or reducing gang involvement by Vietnamese youth. Instead, services should focus on improving youth attitudes about school, reducing feelings of alienation, and modifying perceptions that gangs are beneficial to their members. Furthermore, services will prevent gang involvement if they address family conflict and provide some buffer against the influence of neighborhood gangs."

Report Number:
OJJDP Fact Sheet, No. 01; FS-200001
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Date:
2000-02
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/
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pdf
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