Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


This paper identifies the risk factors shared by students who receive special education services under the category of emotional and behavioral disorders and gang affiliated youth. It also recognizes the role an educator can play in the identification of these risk factors and the prevention of gang involvement. The connection between both focus groups is profound and often a result of an environment not chosen by the student. Through educator awareness, early intervention and ongoing efforts, students with emotional and behavioral disorders may be dissuaded from affiliation changing not only their lives but potentially future lives.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis