Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Apryl A. Alexander, Psy.D.
Kimberly Gorgens, Ph.D.
David Pyrooz, Ph.D.
Forensics, Adolescents, Gangs, Attachment, Personality, Juvenile delinquency
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Risk factors for juvenile delinquency and gang membership are essentially identical, although only a certain subset of justice-involved youth join gangs. In an attempt to identify factors that differentiate justice-involved youth in gangs from justice-involved youth not in gangs, the present study compared attachment styles and personality traits of 406 detained justice-involved youth, 154 of whom were gang-involved and 252 of whom were not. Results showed no significant differences in personality traits or attachment styles between justice-involved youth in gangs and not in gangs. However, results demonstrated attachment styles and personality traits characteristic of both groups of justice-involved youth.
Keyte, Lyndsey, "“Soldiers of the Same Struggle”: A Comparison of Attachment and Personality Between Justice-Involved Youth in Gangs and Not in Gangs" (2021). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 434.
Empirical - Quantitative
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