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

Juan Antonio Rodríguez, Neelie Pérez Santiago, Christopher H. Birkbeck, Freddy Crespo, Solbey Morillo

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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).
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1 - 20, 
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

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