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.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Youth violence prevention 2. Patterns of bullying and victimization associated with other problem behaviors among high school students: a conditional latent class approach 3. The mediating effects of delinquent attitudes on race, race heterogeneity, and violent offending 4. Neighborhood-level differences in police discrimination and subcultural violence: a multilevel examination of adopting the code of the street 5. The problem of prediction: the efficacy of multiple marginality in cross-sectional versus prospective models 6. Gay gang- and crime-involved men’s experiences with homophobic bullying and harassment in schools 7. Identifying high-risk youth for secondary gang prevention 8. Sex differences and the overlap in youths’ risk factors for onset of violence and gang involvement
Terrance J. Taylor is Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri St Louis, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska in 2002 and since then he has conducted research and published extensively in the area of youth violence prevention.