Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Taylor, Stanley

Second Advisor

Heaston, Sharon

Third Advisor

Chang, Janet


This study contains a program evaluation of a four week series of group sessions, involving a variety of group activites, including role plays, exposure to a former gang member, and group dialogues on a variety of topics, to determine whether the program caused a change in the attitudes of adolescent males residing in group homes regarding gang affiliation. The research utilized a convenience sample, utilizing male residents of Fields Comprehensive Group Homes, between the ages of 15 and 18, residing at one of two affiliated locations. Each location housed six adolescent boys. One group home was randomly selected as the experimental group. and the other became the comparison group. Both group homes were equivalent in nature, with similar clientele, residing in a similar geographic location. The research suggests that specialized gang deaffiliation therapy may assist youth as risk.

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