Differences between gang and non-gang inmates on self-control and family influences

Alex Alonso
September 29, 2009

6a00d8341c630a53ef011168587ace970c-800wiCriminology researchers from California State University, Fresno (M. Jason Kissner, J.D., Ph.D.) and Arizona State University (David C. Pyrooz, M.S.) explored differences between gang and non-gang inmates within a large county jail in California. The researchers were interested in comparing the effects of personality characteristics (self-control) and social learning influences (family gang involvement) on the likelihood of being in a gang. Both factors were found to have an effect on being in a gang, however, family gang involvement had a much larger effect when comparing gang to non-gang inmates. In discussing their findings, the authors emphasized the influence that family has on staying in a gang for longer periods of time.

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David C. Pyrooz is a doctoral student at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University

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