Risk-Taking among Adolescents Who Say They Can Get a Handgun

Katherine A. Vittes, Susan B. Sorenson

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Abstract

In a survey of 5657 community-residing adolescents, those who said they could get a handgun in two days reported similar and those who said they could not get a handgun reported fewer risk behaviors and less violence perpetration and victimization than adolescents who have their own handgun. Adolescents who said they could get a handgun reported more exposure to and experience with firearms than those who said they could not get a handgun. Risk reduction efforts regarding adolescents should be expanded to include adolescents who say they can get a handgun.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)929-932
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Firearms
  • Guns
  • Prevention
  • Risk behavior
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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