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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

How Can We Help Gang Members Leave the Violence Behind?

APA In his review of Gregory Boyle's Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Michael Greene notes,

Father Boyle illustrates and extols the importance of helping gang members understand and feel that they are "somebody" and that someone takes them seriously, listens to them, and, yes, loves them unconditionally.
It is also noted that there are no program evaluation data on the effectiveness of Fr. Boyle's methods.

To what extent is this "unconditional positive regard" important in developing a systematic, evidence-based program to help members leave the violence of gang life? Can Fr. Boyle's qualitative book be used to develop a program whose effectiveness can be assessed? What (else) needs to be built into such a program?

Read the Review
ReviewSermons on the Psychology of Gangbangers
By Michael B. Greene
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(31)


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