Teenagers join gangs to belong: Expert-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
TEENAGERS in the city joined gangs and deviant groups to find their sense of belongingness and other psychological factors, a psychology expert said.
“Mangita ang teenagers og environment nga mo-fit sila (The teenagers would seek social environment that would fit them),” said Gail Conway, a teacher of Psychology at Xavier University and a William Glasser reality therapy student.
Conway said teenagers are inclined to seek for groups that would also accept them.
From an interview with one of the teenage gang members named Yando Manoloto, he said one of the reasons he joined the GPY (Gagmay Pero Yayay) is not having any friends.
He preferred to stay with the group because the other members accept him and treat him nicely.
“Ga-enjoy ko sa group kay wala man koy friends sa una (I enjoy being with the group because I don’t have any friends before),” said Manoloto.
Conway added that if a teenager comes from an unhealthy family environment then he or she would be looking for peers that have a deviant dynamic.
“For example, kung unhealthy iyang family environment mangita siya og peers nga deviant (For example, if the teenager has an unhealthy family environment he would seek for unhealthy peers),” said Conway.
Children and women’s desk
“Kung problem ng mga teenagers usually among gina-istorya ang parents (When a problem involves teenagers, we usually talk to their parents),” said Police Officer 1 Rochelle Chavez of the Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) at the Puerto police station.
She said a person in-charge from the WCPD would guide the parents on dealing with their teenagers who are addicted to chemical substances.
Chavez said they’ve been receiving reports about teenagers inhaling Vulca Seal and rugby sealants.
Vulca Seal is an addictive adhesive like rugby that could be very dangerous to one’s health.
Cannot be detained
“Dili namo pwede i-detain ang mga minors diri sa amo (We cannot detain teenage delinquents in here),” said Chavez.
She said the best thing they can do is turn them over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Tahanan ng Kabataan for rehabilitation and guidance.
However, Chavez said if the teenager exceeds 15 years old charges can be filed against him.
“Basta molapas na kinse anyos pwede na kasohan pero sa Tahanan gihapon dal-on hangtod 18 years old para ibalhin sa Lumbia (When a teenager is over 15 years old charges can be filed against him but he will be sent to Tahanan ng Kabataan. When the teenage delinquent reaches 18 years old he or she will be transferred to Lumbia city jail),” said Chavez.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 08, 2013.