White Paper- Tyson Still

Topic Background: There are plenty of children that live a life of crime, but there are more children specifically teens that are starting to live the life of being a gang member. Gangs are all around us and doesn’t seem to be getting reduced any time soon. The more common gangs such as the bloods and crips were first started in the streets of California but then spread worldwide. Teens who join gangs have some type of background that might have led them to that way of life. Teens with a broken household gave them the negative outlook on life seems to join gangs most commonly. This happens in all areas of the country. 32.4% of nations cities, suburban towns, and rural cities have had gang problems since 2008. It has been said that teens who live a life of crime at an early age will live the same life when they are older. That could be another reason why teens join gangs, because thats the way of life they are used to and doesn’t want to get out of it. Teens who specifically didn’t have any love or affection from their parents are coming to find gangs more appropriate to join. More teens today without both parents in their life are most likely to take up the life of being in a gang rather than accept the broken love they are given.

Counterintuitivity Note: Why are most kids joining gangs? Is it really because they have nothing else to do or is it because they come form a broken home?

Teens with divorced parents: Teens without both parents are living a hard life already. Most teens could become confused when their parents get divorced not knowing what a real household feels like. Teens look for communication from both parents where the love is equal, but do not have that because of the divorce. No child should have to go through a divorce but when they do they should be well taken care of by which ever parent they live with. A divorce is crucial in a child life because not only does it mess up the state of stability but it also breaks a sense of unity that a teen should be able to hold on to. A reason why they go in to the mindset of joining gangs to be accepted and have that full comfort of a family type love.

Females growing up without a father: A female without a father is much different than a male without one. The female needs the father to be a father fighure but also needs them to show her and tell her what men not to deal with with. Sometimes a female needs to hear things from a male prospective which is where the father comes in at instead of the mother.Even though you don’t hear about females joining gangs as often then males there are a lot of the women in there.

Males growing up without a father: A boy would like his father to be there to teach him how to be a man. There are just some things a man needs to tell his son to make him understand better than a mother can. Without that father figure in his life he looks towards gasngs sometimes because he sees the male bondage that he wishes he had if there was a father in his life. So older gang members tend to take in the boy into the gang showing them the type of male love that they desire.

Females growing up without a mother: As a female you need someone to follow behind growing up. A mother is suppose to be that guide, where you can follow in her foot steps to become a woman of character, but wqithout her some girls get lost in life. Even if they have a father they are still lost because they have to grow up trying to become a woman in which their father does the best they can but can not give them love like their mother can. They might even join gangs just to escape the hurt or pain the have botled up inside of them because their mother left or something happened to her.

Males growing up without a mother: One would think that a male without a father wouldn’t be so bad because it’s not like a father son bond. The one who would think that would be wrong as well. A mother plays a very important role in that she can give the man an inside look on how a woman wants to be treated but also more importantly she can give the boy a different type of love than the father can give. The father gives a more tough love and lets the boy find out certain things on how to be a man on his own, sort of like when he gets into his first fight. A mother on the other hand shows a more compassionate side to loving her son. She shows more of a comfort and understanding as in being more assertive on what happens in his life. Without this the male teen might become cnfused on how to live life with a female companion in it.

Topics for smaller papers: A couple different directions can be brought upon this topic, one being the facts about how many children actually join gangs that have divorced parents, or also I can talk about why don’t others who have divorced parents join gangs as well. I had a broad topic broken down but another way I could go with this is what else causes children to join gangs that has to do with household problems?

Current state of Research Paper: At ther present moment i have did research, and the white paper along with my proposal, with this being said I am in the process of furthering my research and obtaining a few more claims to help me. I plan on elborating on the points I have already made and continue to look into teens joining gangs as the effect of divorces on teens.

Hopefully I will get a better understanding of why teens join gangs and is it really a result of parental separation. I personally know teens who have made a poor decision on joining gangs, however I haven’t quite figured out why. But the goal of my research paper is to figure this out.


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1 Response to White Paper- Tyson Still

  1. davidbdale says:

    Tyson, there’s no evidence of research here. It’s possible you found a source that offers clinical appraisals of the effects of parent lack across the genders, but you offer the opinions as if they were your own, and maybe they are. I’m trying to offer you as much support as I can, but you need to do your share of the work here and convince me you’re doing it.

    I challenged you in comment to your 5 Sources post to focus specifically on divorce as a way to narrow your topic and make it more specific. Have you done that here? It’s hard to say. There’s no indication in your four gender/gender categories that anyone was ever married. Growing up without a mother or father is not the same thing as experiencing the divorce of two parents. If you want to approach the question from the perspective of a single-parent household, that may be specific enough to research, though it’s still complicated. Does a live-in boyfriend count as a role model? Could he give a young boy sufficient attention to count as parental guidance? The whole danger of the thesis itself is that it’s so vague it’s hard to quantify.

    Divorce doesn’t mean “growing up without a father,” to take just one example of what’s so vague here. Visitation, joint custody, other arrangements can mean both parents participate after divorce. So really, what is it you’re theorizing? That the divorce itself is traumatic and causes kids to join gangs regardless of how the parents handle it? Or is it the “growing up without one parent,” which happens plenty of times without a divorce.

    I feel I keep asking you the same questions. What are you trying to prove? How can it be proved? Where is the research to prove it?

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