Victimization and Health Risk Factors Among Weapon-carrying Youth

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Victimization and Health Risk Factors Among Weapon-carrying Youth

Category: Behavior, Youth|Journal: American Journal of Health Behavior (full text)|Author: B Kerker, C Olson, C Stayton, K Mcveigh, K Perkins|Year: 2011

Objective

To compare health risks of 2 subgroups of weapon carriers: victimized and nonvictimized youth.

 

Methods

2003-2007 NYC Youth Risk Behavior Surveys were analyzed using bivariate analyses and multinomial logistic regression.

 

Results

Among NYC teens, 7.5% reported weapon carrying without victimization; 6.9% reported it with victimization. Both subgroups were more likely than non-weapon carriers to binge drink, use marijuana, smoke, fight, and have multiple sex partners; weapon carriers with victimization also experienced persistent sadness and attempted suicide.

 

Conclusions

Subgroups of weapon carriers have distinct profiles. Optimal response should pair disciplinary action with screening for behavioral and mental health concerns and victimization.

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