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Teenagers with severe antisocial behaviour have difficulty recognising facial expressions and are less likely to look at people's eyes, a study has found. Researchers used eye-tracking methods to investigate why teenagers with conduct disorder have difficulty in recognising different emotions in others. Symptoms of the disorder, which is thought to…
The causes of severe anti-social behaviour may differ between teenage boys and girls, a new study suggests. This could pave the way for new sex-specific treatments or prevention programmes as the findings indicate there are differences between the sexes in the causes of anti-social behaviour. Academics in the UK, Europe…
Children in Glasgow can become socialised into the city’s gang culture from as young as 12 years old, according to new research by University of the West of Scotland (UWS). UWS PhD student, Johanne Miller told the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in Glasgow on 15 April 2015 about the…
Inmates at a jail for teenagers represent 48 different gangs, inspectors have discovered, fuelling a "constant juggling" by prison officers to keep the boys apart. There were high levels of "unpredictable and reckless" violence among the 240 boys aged 15 to 18 at Feltham Young Offenders' Institution (YOI), a significant…
Gang violence is on the increase in certain neighbourhoods. There is an urgent need for a fresh perspective that offers insight into gang structure, organisation and offending behaviour to explain this increase. Using the findings from an extensive ethnographic study of local residents, professionals and gang members in south London,…
An article examined the evolution of street gangs, based on fieldwork with gangs and gang members in London. It said that gangs evolved from adolescent peer groups within neighbourhoods, and that recreation, crime, enterprise, and extralegal governance represented sequential actualization stages in their evolutionary cycle. The article discussed the factors…
Vulnerable youths as young as 13 are being recruited into serious organised crime, a conference has heard. Action for Children Scotland said youngsters are attracted to what they perceive as a glamorous and wealthy lifestyle. A youth worker with the charity told a summit in Tulliallan, near Stirling, how he…
Junior Smart, Founder of St Giles Trust’s SOS Project which supports young people to exit gangs and serious youth violence, explains how young people become trapped in gangs and what can be done to support them. Barely a week goes by in the capital without the distressing news of a…
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