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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
By joining a gang, youths fill a void or satisfy a need in their lives. This can be explained with Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory. “We each have a hierarchy of needs that ranges from lower to higher. As lower needs are fulfilled there is a tendency for other, higher needs to emerge.” Maslow’s theory maintains that a person does not feel a higher need until the needs of the current level are satisfied.
The external needs include:
Physiological – food, air, water, clothing and sex
Safety – protection, stability, pain avoidance, routine and order
Belonging – affection, acceptance and inclusion
Esteem – self-esteem, self-respect, respect of others and respect by others
Self-Actualization – achieve full potential and achievement
The internal needs include:
As well as, emotional and spiritual security
Two things can result when these needs are not met:
The price they pay: youth join a gang to receive the basic needs of love, supervision, spiritual guidance, etc.
What they do to other people: they gain “respect” showing how brave or tough they are by physically harming or killing another person.