- Maldonado, Sergio
- Research in gang desistance has been ignored by researchers in psychology. Although researchers have started examining the desistance process, the studies referenced present a deficiency model that ignores the character strengths that enables men to leave gangs. Gang desistance in this study is defined as the final and permanent cessation of all offenses and gang related-criminal activities. The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study is to identify the character strengths of former Hispanic/Latino male gang members that facilitated their desistance from gang membership. Three questions we will be investigating are: 1) What are the specific strengths that promote desistance; 2) How did the strengths assist in desistance; and 3) Which strengths helped participants stay desisted? The sample is compromised of seven (N=7) former gang affiliated Hispanic/Latino males between the ages of 18-60 that were in a Southern Californian gang. The study is currently being analyzed thematically using Value in Action Classification (VIA-Classification) with preliminary findings being presented. Interviewees were asked about experiences that helped them desist gangs in order to investigate ways to develop character strength-based programs, a method commonly used in Counseling Psychology, for Hispanic/Latino males.
- Resource Type:
- Student Research, Presentation, and Abstract
- Campus Tesim:
- Department of Psychology