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  • Personal history with street gangs sparks U. of I. graduate student’s research

    Gabriel "Joey" Merrin, a doctoral student in child development, is the lead author of a recent study that explored the risk and protective factors associated with young people who are recruited by, but resist joining, street gangs. Co-authors of the study were educational psychology professor Dorothy Espelage and alumnus Jun Sung Hong, currently a professor at Wayne State University and at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea.

    Gabriel “Joey” Merrin, a doctoral student in child development, is the lead author of a recent study that explored the risk and protective factors associated with young people who are recruited by, but resist joining, street gangs. Co-authors of the study were educational psychology professor Dorothy Espelage and alumnus Jun Sung Hong, currently a professor at Wayne State University and at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Gabriel “Joey” Merrin, call 812-318-1273; email merrin1@illinois.edu

    The paper “Are the Risk and Protective Factors Similar for Gang-Involved, Pressured-to-Join, and Non-Gang-Involved Youth? A Social-Ecological Analysis” is available from the News Bureau.