Prospective psychosocial, interpersonal, and behavioral predictors of handgun carrying among adolescents

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Prospective psychosocial, interpersonal, and behavioral predictors of handgun carrying among adolescents

Category: Behavior, Firearm Availability, Youth|Journal: American Journal of Public Health (full text)|Author: B Flay, C Chou, C Dent, J Richardson, T Simon|Year: 1998

Objectives

This study identified behavioral and psychosocial/interpersonal factors in young adolescence that are associated with handgun carrying in later adolescence.

Methods

A sample of 2200 high school students was surveyed at 9th grade and again at 12th grade.

Results

Multivariate logistic regression analyses indicated that measures of risk-taking preference, depression, stress, temper, and drug use assessed while the students were in 9th grade were predictive of handgun carrying in 12th grade for both male and female students.

Conclusions

These findings suggest the need for a comprehensive approach to prevention that focuses on both individual and interpersonal factors associated with adolescents’ decision to carry a handgun.

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