Date of Award

5-1-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Ebony L. McGriff

Abstract

This is a descriptive study of the relationship between exposure to childhood maltreatment and its impact on gang affiliation. It examines the relationship between child maltreatment and gang affiliation to assess if child maltreatment is a risk factor for gang membership. The results of the study suggest that there is a statistically significant relationship between childhood maltreatment, specifically neglect, and gang affiliation. This study and others like it can assist professionals such as social workers and law enforcement officials in providing prevention, intervention and other services to youth at risk of joining a gang and current gang members.

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