In a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers surveyed 4,664 British men between the ages of 18 and 34. Overall, 3,284 men said they had not been exposed to violence in the past five years, 1,272 men said they had been assaulted or involved in a fight and 108 men reported being involved in a gang.
Both the gang members and the men who had been exposed to some form of violence were more likely to seek psychiatric help, compared to the nonviolent men. However, men involved in gangs experienced significantly worse mental health outcomes.
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