Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Fall 1998

Degree Name

Education Specialist (Ed.S)


Advanced Education Programs


Stephen Kitzis


This study examined if a relationship exists between gang association and drug involvement, crime severity, and recidivism. Data consisting of extent of gang involvement, drug involvement, crime severity, and recidivism, as well as, demographic data (age, race, and religious preference) was collected for 200 youths most recently housed at a state juvenile correctional facility. Results supported the hypothesis that gang involved youth have a higher rate of drug usage than those youths not involved with gangs. However, support was not found for either of the hypotheses that gang involved youth have a more severe crime rating or a higher rate of recidivism.


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Copyright 1998 Penny G. Hoffman

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