NLS user since 2011
The NLSY97 data have shown that about one in 10 youth and young adult have a history of gang membership. Gang membership clusters in the teenage years, rarely lasts more than a couple of years, and has consequences that cascade over the life-course. Also, the demographic and socioeconomic profile of gang members departs from law enforcement accounts.
The NLSY97 has been able to provide a contemporary account of the prevalence, nature, patterns, and correlates of gang membership in the U.S. The NLSY97 has been an invaluable resource to painting a national portrait of gang membership in the U.S., something that was simply impossible with regional data sources.