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A study of the relationship between resiliency attitudes and selected risk factors of gang involvement in adult Honduran males


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The present dissertation investigated the relationship between resiliency attitudes and selected risk factors in male Honduran gang members. This was a quantitative study with a cross-sectional, single-test design. The following hypotheses were tested at the .05 confidence level: (1) higher scores of resiliency attitudes will predict later age of entry to the gang, (2) higher scores of resiliency attitudes will predict less use of illegal drugs and alcohol, and (3) higher scores of resiliency attitudes will predict higher level of education. Two instruments were used. The Resiliency Attitudes Scales (RAS) and the Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding (BIDR). General demographic information was also obtained.

The sample of the study included detained male gang members at the Comayagua Jail Farm in Honduras. A total of 130 packets were distributed, yielding 48 usable questionnaires, which represents a 36% return rate.

Data generated from the surveys were analyzed using simple and binary logistic regressions. The Pearson product-correlation coefficient was utilized to analyze the relationship among the variables.

The results indicated that there was no statistically significant amount of variance accounted for by age of entry to the gang. The Pearson product correlation revealed that age of entry was significantly related to the relationship subscale (r = .301, n = 48, p < .05, two tailed) and to the creativity and humor subscales (r = .289, n = 48, p < .05, two tailed). Furthermore, there was no statistically significant amount of unique variance accounted for by use of alcohol (X (7) = 8.73, ns at the .05 level) nor for drug use (X (7) = 7.12, ns at the .05 level) among the participants. Finally, the model, level of education and resiliency attitudes, was statistically significant for X (7) = 16.41 at the 0.05 level. The Pearson product-moment correlation confirmed the relationship between these variables. For the creativity and humor scale r = .395, n = 48, p < .01, two tailed, and for the general resiliency subscale r = .333, n = 48, p < .05, two tailed. Implications for professional counselors, recommendations for future research, and limitations of the study have been included in Chapter 5.

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Subject
Social psychology
Classification
0451: Social psychology
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Gang; Honduran; Men; Resiliency; Risk factors
Title
A study of the relationship between resiliency attitudes and selected risk factors of gang involvement in adult Honduran males
Author
Panting, Georgina
Number of pages
193
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0162
Source
DAI-B 67/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
0542535556, 9780542535550
Advisor
Sells, James
University/institution
Northern Illinois University
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3205112
ProQuest document ID
305428675
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305428675
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