Cultural and Linguistic Characteristics of Gangs: What Every Speech-Language Pathologist Should Know It is said that gangs have existed since the beginning of society. Similar to the secret societies and fraternal organizations begun in the middle ages, and the modern fraternities and sororities, street gangs are group associations arising from the human need for social identification, structure, and security. However, contemporary ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2005
Cultural and Linguistic Characteristics of Gangs: What Every Speech-Language Pathologist Should Know
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  • Evelyn Veney-Freeman
    Howard University, Washington, DC
  • Kay Payne
    Howard University, Washington, DC
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Article   |   December 01, 2005
Cultural and Linguistic Characteristics of Gangs: What Every Speech-Language Pathologist Should Know
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, December 2005, Vol. 6, 11-13. doi:10.1044/sbi6.4.11
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, December 2005, Vol. 6, 11-13. doi:10.1044/sbi6.4.11
It is said that gangs have existed since the beginning of society. Similar to the secret societies and fraternal organizations begun in the middle ages, and the modern fraternities and sororities, street gangs are group associations arising from the human need for social identification, structure, and security. However, contemporary street gangs are distinguished primarily by factors related to recruitment, proclivity for crime and violence, and counterculture. One manifestation of counterculture is the language of gangs. Considering the link between juvenile delinquency and learning disabilities (Crawford, 1996; Winters, 1997) and emotional disturbance (Keilitz & Dunivant, 1986), it is essential that speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have a legitimate and critical role with regard to gangs.
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