David Pyrooz

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder

NLS user since 2011

  • Pyrooz, David C., and Gary Sweeten. (2015). "Gang membership between ages 5 and 17 years in the United States." Journal of Adolescent Health 56: 414-419.
  • Pyrooz, David C. (2014). "From colors and guns to caps and gowns? The effects of gang membership on educational attainment." Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 51.1 (2014): 56-87.
  • Pyrooz, David C. (2014). "'From your first cigarette to your last dyin’ day”: The patterning of gang membership in the life-course." Journal of Quantitative Criminology 30: 349-372.
What I learned from NLS data

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.

Why I chose NLS data

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.