Risk factors for gun-related behaviors among urban out-of-treatment substance using women

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Risk factors for gun-related behaviors among urban out-of-treatment substance using women

Category: Behavior, Firearm Availability, Women|Journal: Substance Use & Misuse (full text)|Author: A Abadallah, C O'Leary, L Cottler, S Johnson|Year: 2012

We examine the prevalence and factors associated with lifetime gun-carrying among 858 urban out-of-treatment substance using women using data collected between 2000 and 2004 in a large Midwestern city. Instruments assessed gun ownership, carrying and access, psychopathology and personal lifestyle risk factors. Analyses were conducted using logistic regression. Illegal activities for income and lifetime violent victimization were the most significant predictors of gun carrying. The implications for practice and future research are discussed along with the study’s limitations. The work was supported by grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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