Handgun Carrying Among Youth in the United States: An Analysis of Subtypes

Michael George Vaughn, Christopher P. Salas-Wright, Brian B. Boutwell, Matt DeLisi, Mary P. Curtis

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Abstract

Despite a wealth of research finding that adolescents who carry handguns are involved in risky behaviors, there has been little exploration into the heterogeneity of this behavior. Using a pooled sample of 12- to 17-year-olds from the National Study on Drug Use and Health who report past-year handgun carrying (N = 7,872), this study identified four subgroups of handgun carriers: low risk (n = 3,831; 47.93%), alcohol and marijuana users (n = 1,591; 20.16%), fighters (n = 1,430; 19.40%), and severe externalizers (n = 1,020, 12.51%). These subgroups differed on demographic, behavioral, and psychosocial characteristics. Findings are discussed in light of prevention and focused deterrence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-37
Number of pages17
JournalYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

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Vaughn, Michael George ; Salas-Wright, Christopher P. ; Boutwell, Brian B. ; DeLisi, Matt ; Curtis, Mary P. / Handgun Carrying Among Youth in the United States : An Analysis of Subtypes. In: Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. 2017 ; Vol. 15, No. 1. pp. 21-37.
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Handgun Carrying Among Youth in the United States : An Analysis of Subtypes. / Vaughn, Michael George; Salas-Wright, Christopher P.; Boutwell, Brian B.; DeLisi, Matt; Curtis, Mary P.

In: Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Vol. 15, No. 1, 01.01.2017, p. 21-37.

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