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Chapter 6: Gangs, Runaways, and Thieves: Definitely the Wrong Crowd
In Chapter 1, we discussed the “predelinquency” problem indicators associated with 8% youth, including associating with gang members, repeatedly running away from home, and a pattern of stealing. We also noted that each of these factors further isolates a young person from positive adults and peers and builds a closer association with “the wrong crowd.” In this chapter, we further examine the impact of membership in this not-so-exclusive group and, particularly, the relationship between chronic juvenile offending and juvenile gangs.
Does anyone doubt the notion that there is a group in society labeled “the wrong crowd?” How often have you heard that so-and-so got in trouble because of hanging around with ...