Psychological Characteristics of Adolescent Gang Offences



The article analyses specifics of offences conducted by adolescents in a gang. The work presents results of empirical research on psychological characteristics of minor gang offences. Research included analysis of complex forensic psychological and psychiatric examinations' archives (examinations were conducted by Federal State Institution «State Scientific Centre of Social and Forensic Psychiatry named after V.P. Serbsky Federal Agency of Health Service and Social Development» in 2005–2006). Analysis of results shows differences between gang offences and crimes committed by individuals. The differences are related to motivation of unlawful acts, group characteristics, distribution of individual roles, etc. These findings can be used for a more thorough study of factors influencing adolescent gang offences.

General Information

Journal rubric: Juridical Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Dozortseva E.G., Loginova E.V. Psychological Characteristics of Adolescent Gang Offences. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2007. Vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 289–294. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Elena G. Dozortseva, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Professor, Department of Legal Psychology and Law, Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Senior Researcher, Laboratory for Child and Adolescent Psychology, V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation,Member of the editorial board of the scientific journal “Psychology and Law” member of the editorial board of the scientific journal “Psychological Science and Education”, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Elena V. Loginova, Organizes Scientific Events for Students, Postgraduates and Young Scientists, Moscow State University of psychology and education (MSUPE), Moscow, Russia



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