Gangs Is it an issue?
What is a gang? As defined by most law enforcement agencies: A group of 5 or more that commits crimes together, has a name, displays colors or other symbols, and may claim territory or turf. Gang experts say at least 30,000 gangs - with more than 750,000 members - are active nationwide (2011) – Highest since 1997
More Stats Estimated 2 of every 5 gang members are juveniles 90% of gang members are male
Continuing the Cycle Teens in gangs are more likely to commit violent crimes Factors: poverty, divorced families, alcohol and drug abuse, family history of gang involvement, an "us against them" mentality, previous violent and anti-social behavior.
Groupthink Groupthink is a term developed by Irving Janis, a psychologist. It describes a process that happens to groups that cause them to make bad or irrational decisions. Members conform their own ideas to create group consensus.
Groupthink • Illusion of invulnerability • Unquestioned belief in morality of the group • Rationalization of group's decisions • Shared stereotypes of non-group members, particularly opponents • Illusion of unanimity • Self-censorship; members withhold criticisms • Self-appointed "mindguards" protect the group from negative information • Direct pressure on dissenters to conform