Youth violence is a pressing social concern and this book examines several elements of youth violence prevention. It offers state-of-the-art research on several different topics including: the relationship between bullying offending and victimization; the relationship between race and the code of the streets’ explanation for violent offending; and how differences in methodology affect the validity of the multiple marginality theory of gang membership. It also examines an understudied population: gay gang members as well as providing an analysis of the degree to which risk factors for gang membership and violent offending are sex-specific. The critical component of this text is the melding of research with practical implications for youth violence prevention specialists. As such, the book should be useful to both academic and practitioner audiences.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Crime & Justice.
1. Introduction: Youth violence prevention2. Patterns of bullying and victimization associated with other problem behaviors among high school students: a conditional latent class approach3. The mediating effects of delinquent attitudes on race, race heterogeneity, and violent offending4. Neighborhood-level differences in police discrimination and subcultural violence: a multilevel examination of adopting the code of the street5. The problem of prediction: the efficacy of multiple marginality in cross-sectional versus prospective models6. Gay gang- and crime-involved men’s experiences with homophobic bullying and harassment in schools7. Identifying high-risk youth for secondary gang prevention8. Sex differences and the overlap in youths’ risk factors for onset of violence and gang involvement