Family and Intimate Violence Among Females in Gangs

Rebecca D. Petersen, Kennesaw State University

While some literature has examined delinquent involvement among female gang members, much less has focused on their victimization. Reasons for this include limited research on females and gangs in general and the notion that such girls "deserve" to be victims since they have "chosen" to hang out with the wrong crowd. However, victimization often is associated with subsequent criminal behavior and encompasses both social and public health consequences. This research examines the nature, level and extent of family and intimate partner violence among Mexican American adolescent females involved with gangs compared to those not associated with gangs. Results include both qualitative and quantitative analysis and include comparisons of various psychometric instruments, including the Conflict Tactics Scale and the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire.

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