A lack of parent and adult role models is driving young people into gangs, according to the Prince's Trust.
A survey published by the charity found that one in three young people in the UK say they do not think of their own parents as people they respect.
More than half of those asked said that finding a sense of identity is the key reason for joining a gang - with 9% having spent time in one.
Nearly 2,000 14 to 25-year-olds took part in the survey.
More than half of the teenagers (55%) cited friends and peers as role models and almost a quarter (22%) said young people are looking for role models in gangs.
Martina Milburn, chief executive of The Prince's Trust, says the research suggests that young people are creating their own "youth communities" and gangs, in search of the influences that could once have been found in traditional communities.
There are tens of thousands of parents who cannot control their children and simply don't know where they are for much of the day and night
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