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Internationalizing the study of gang membership : validation issues from Latin America

Rodriguez, JA, Perez Santiago, N, Birkbeck, CH, Crespo, F and Morillo, S 2016, 'Internationalizing the study of gang membership : validation issues from Latin America' , British Journal of Criminology .

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Developing valid measures of gang membership for self-report surveys is a challenging task in comparative cross-national research. In this article we use the Venezuelan case to assess the validity of the Eurogang indicators of gang membership. Based on focus groups with adolescents and the results from two sweeps of the International Self-Report Survey of Juvenile Delinquency we identify problems in the content and construct validities of the Eurogang items. We propose an alternative set of measures for cross-national studies of gang membership, focusing on a group’s reputation for violence (or broader criminal behaviour).

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Criminology
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0007-0955
Funders: Consejo de Desarrollo Científico, Humanístico Tecnológico y Artístico, Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela, Fondo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación, Venezuela
Depositing User: CH Birkbeck
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 10:32
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2016 07:52

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