Where Do They Come From: Early Childhood Risk Factors for Adolescent Violence and Gang Membership

David Huizinga, University of Colorado, Boulder
Rachele Espiritu, EMT Associates

This pesentation examines the relationship of early childhood risk factors to involvement in serious deliquency and gang membership during adolescence. Childhood family, school, and peer experiences and individual characteristics are explored. The magnatude of the relationship between childhood experience and later problem behavior remains an open issue, and may depend on interpretations made of empirical/statistical findings, an issue explored in the presentation. The data used are from the Denver Youth Survey, a longitudinal develomental study of problem and successful behavior over the 7-26 year old age range.

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