Youth Violence

Sex and Race Differences in Offending, Victimization, and Gang Membership

Terrance J. Taylor, and Finn-Aage Esbensen
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PB: $32.92
EAN: 978-1-4399-0072-7
Publication: Aug 10

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244 pages
6 x 9
28 tables, 13 figs.

The first comprehensive overview to examine how sex and race/ethnicity impact the interrelationships among youth violence, violent victimization, and gang membership


"Youth Violence is a thorough and clearly written analysis. There is no other work that systematically examines the intersection of violent offending, victimization, and gang membership with original empirical analyses. This is a compelling policy concern because it is crucial to understand whether we need customized prevention and intervention programs to address these different phenomena." Cheryl L. Maxson, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, University of California, Irvine

"Youth Violence fills a clear void in the literature. The major strength of this book is its exhaustive analysis of the GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training Program) data in reporting the distribution and nature of violence among teenagers and gang members. The authors have written a useful book that provides a unique big picture view of gang violence and victimization. As such, it should be required reading among those who seek to understand the factors responsible for gang membership, violence, and violent victimization." Chris Schreck, Department of Criminal Justice, Rochester Institute of Technology

"This book is clearly designed for consumption by researchers.... Summing Up: Recommended." Choice

Table of Contents

Contents List of Figures and Tables Preface Chapter 1;Introduction PART IUnderstanding Youth Violence Chapter 2;Conceptual Framework Chapter 3;Research Design and Methodological Issues PART II;Types of Youth Violence Chapter 4;Youth Violence Chapter 5;Gang Membership Chapter 6;Violent Victimization Chapter 7;The Co-occurrence of Violence and the Cumulative Effect of Multiple Risk Factors PART III;Understanding and Responding to Youth Violence Chapter 8;Putting It All Together: A Theoretical Framework Chapter 9;Responding to Youth Violence Appendix:;Demographic and Risk Factor Measures References Index

About the Author(s)

Finn-Aage Esbensen is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dana Peterson is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany.

Terrance J. Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Adrienne Freng is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Wyoming.