Attitudes Toward Gangs

DESCRIPTION
The Attitudes Toward Gangs scale measures juveniles’ attitudes toward gangs. A higher score indicates a more accepting orientation.
Measures attraction to guns and violence in relation to: aggressive response to shame‚ excitement‚ comfort with aggression‚ and power/safety. Designed for written response by 10-18 year olds and oral response by 8-9 year olds.
KEYWORDS
This tool touches on the following keywords:
WHERE TO FIND OR DOWNLOAD
This instrument can be found on page 49 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/YV_Compendium.pdf
FEES AND REQUIREMENTS
None noted.
AGE RANGE
Students in grades 3-12.
HOW TO ADMINISTER AND SCORE
Point values are as indicated above. Items 5‚ 6 and 7 are reverse coded‚ then a total is derived by summing all items. Higher scores indicate a more positive (accepting) attitude toward gangs.
Not true for me=0
True for me=1
SOURCE
Original Reference(s):            

Nadel‚ H.‚ Spellmann‚ M.‚ Alvarez-Canino‚ T.‚ Lausell-Bryant‚ L.‚ Landsberg‚ G. (1996). The cycle of violence and victimization: A study of the school-based intervention of a multidisciplinary youth violence-prevention program. American Journal of Preventive Medicine‚ 12 (5)‚ 109-119.

Other Reference(s):    Dahlberg‚ L. L.‚ Toal‚ S. B.‚ Behrens‚ C. B. (1998). Measuring violence-related attitudes‚ beliefs‚ and behaviors among youths: A compendium of assessment tools. Atlanta‚ GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‚ National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Other: Author contact information is not available.

A copy of the instrument can be found in Dahlberg‚ L. L.‚ Toal‚ S. B.‚ Behrens‚ C. B. (1998). Measuring violence-related attitudes‚ beliefs‚ and behaviors among youths: A compendium of assessment tools. Atlanta‚ GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‚ National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Attitudes Toward Gangs
1. I think you are safer‚ and have protection‚ if you join a gang.
2. I will probably join a gang.
3. Some of my friends at school belong to gangs.
4. I think it’s cool to be in a gang.
5. My friends would think less of me if I joined a gang.
6. I believe it is dangerous to join a gang; you will probably end up getting hurt or killed if you belong to a gang.
7. I think being in a gang makes it more likely that you will get into trouble.
8. Some people in my family belong to a gang‚ or used to belong to a gang.
9. I belong to a gang.