Similarities and differences between gang girls and gang
boys were evaluated in terms of their attitudes, perceptions of
their gangs and their involvement in ganglike illegal activities.
Gang girls were involved in a full array of illegal gang
activities, although not as frequently as the gang boys. Whereas
there were similarities in behavioral activities and in reasons
for joining gangs, gang girls reported greater social isolation
from family and friends and lower levels of self-esteem than did
the boys. The article discusses these gender differences in terms
of differential developmental trajectories for boys and girls.
Findings do not support the notion that gang girls are ancillary
members or that they are excluded from the male gang members’
illegal and violent activities. Tables, notes, references