Why do People Join Gangs?

  • It claims that it leads to excitement and recreation
  • Availability of drugs and alcohol
  • Recognition
  • Perception of belonging
  • Peer pressure / intimidation
  • Financial gain
  • Protection (real or perceived)
  • Lack of family life
  • Family tradition
  • Identity through recognition
  • Low self-esteem
  • Close friends are gang members
  • Lack of supervision
  • Revenge
  • Desire to belong to a group
  • Failure to realize consequences of membership
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