Factors Leading Hmong Youth to Join Gang

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Factors Leading Youth To Gang 1 FACTORS LEADING HMONG YOUTH TO JOIN GANG By Kevin C. Lor A Research Paper Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master of Education Degree With a Major in Guidance and Counseling-Mental Health & K-12 Approved: Two Semester Credits ___________________ Investigation Advisor The Graduate College University of Wisconsin-Stout September, 2003 The Graduate College University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751 Abstract Factors Leading Youth To Gang 2 Lor (Last Name) Kevin (First) C. (Initial) Factors Leading Hmong Youth to Join Gangs (Title) Guidance and Counseling-Mental Health & K-12, Dr. Louis Milanesi, 9/03 , 52 (Graduate major) (Research Advisor) (Date) (Page) American Psychological Association Manual Used in this Study This paper examines some of the elements that lead youth to join gangs. A questionnaire developed by the investigator was distributed to gang members and at-risk Hmong youth in two northern states. This questionnaire was developed in an attempt to assess some of the factors that have a high probability of leading youth to join gangs to compensate for what is lacking in Hmong youths' life. A 12-item questionnaire was developed and distributed to at-risk Hmong youths residing in two northern states. The questions were examined by calculating the percentage of males and females responding to different targeted areas. The questions were also examined to determine the internal validity between male and female subjects in responding to the different targeted areas. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Factors Leading Youth To Gang 3 I would like to thank all those people involved in helping me finish my research. First and foremost, I would like to thank my research advisor, Dr. Louis Milanesi, for his patience and dedication to helping me complete my thesis. Second, I
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