The nature of my problem I plan to study is basically revolves around the gang life and home life. Lately in Boston mostly in the areas of Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester, and even Hyde Park, young males are dying because of the gang they are in, or are friends with someone who are involved with a gang. I feel this is an important and serious problem that needs to be addressed, because being in a gang your risking you’re life. Many people I’ve spoke with so far, and I also agree that the whole reason teens join gangs is because there home life isn’t at its best. When your life at home isn’t going well, you’ve lost a close family member, or you don’t have that connection with your parents, or maybe you’re suffering from the lack of having a father figure in your life you can’t function. If teenagers aren’t getting attention at home, and their stressing their only other resort is to go to the streets, where they know their gang members will give them that attention that they need. I think a lot of females, mostly young males, suffer from that lack of relationship skills with their parent. Maybe there’s only the mother their and they boy needs a male there to communicate with, and they get to the point they can depend on their gang members for that comfort that there lacking at home. This research is necessary, particularly by youth because their needs to be a change with society, and home life, a relationship with parents and their children, if there’s no change more and more males will be dying because there is only place to turn to is the gang life. Gangs are becoming the young male’s first priority, not attending school, nor work, and not coming home in the night, because their too busy focusing on hanging on the corner with there gang members. I think parents need to take some type of responsibility before it gets to late, and their planning a funeral for the child, its horrible because you can see in these young boys eyes that there hurting inside. I’m sure when the topic family comes, up they don’t bother joining in, because they feel they don’t have a family, and they try to block it out of their heads.
Finding the answer to my problem will make things so much better in the Boston neighborhoods and for parents, aunts, uncles, grandmothers as they wouldn’t be planning funerals every other week. I’m sure by doing this research we can find out that if the majority of the youth that I survey are living with one parent, maybe there needs to be some type of work out between parents so that both parents are involved with there child. Also we can figure out what neighborhoods have the most gangs and possibly figure out a plan for the different communities.
My hypothesis for my question/ research is that there are going to be more black/African Americans that answer the majority of the surveys, that they only live with only one parent most likely their mother, possibly live in Mattapan, Roxbury, or Dorchester, and are involved or know someone that’s involved with gangs. From this research, I hope to get more answers, and fed back to why teens join gains, and if they are involved with gangs, to show that they able too get out before they get to deep into the ganging. Maybe by my research I also find out from different races, and what neighborhoods they in their views on gangs.