DOI: 10.1177/00111287231194717 ISSN:

Risk Factors Associated With Urban Gang Membership in Juveniles: A Systematic Review

Marina García-Rojo, Beatriz Talavera-Velasco, Lourdes Luceño-Moreno
  • Law
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

The involvement of juveniles in urban gangs has increased in different territories. Consequently, government resources have been invested to dismantle and contain such gangs. The aim of this paper was to analyze studies that relate risk factors with the increasing integration of juveniles into urban gangs. Nine scientific articles were included, out of a total of 394 publications. Different risk factors significantly related with the integration of juveniles into urban gangs were identified: social disorganization, unsafety neighborhood, school failure, absenteeism, and failure to pass assessment standards, involvement of family members in criminal acts, depression, substance use, low self-esteem, rebelliousness and elevated feelings of leadership, social disadvantage, or lack of resources. The risk factors analyzed should be integrated into prevention programs.

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