Forrest, Kimberly Y.-Z.; Zychowski, Amy K.; Stuhldreher, Wendy L.; Ryan, William J.
June 2000
American Journal of Health Studies;2000, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p133
Academic Journal
Abstract: Violence associated with weapons has emerged as a major public health problem among school aged children, particularly adolescents. Data from a large, nationwide survey, the National Add Health Survey, were used to examine the prevalence and risk factors for adolescent weapon-carrying in school and its association with other violent behaviors. The prevalence rates of weapon-carrying and other violent behaviors rose from 7th to 8th grade and peaked at 9th grade. Significant correlates of weapon-carrying in school were low household income, being male, feeling unsafe in school, and substance abuse. Violent behaviors (i.e. having been stabbed/shot, participation in a group fight, having threatened someone with a weapon, and having seriously injured someone) were significantly associated with weapon-carrying. The findings of this study suggest that school-based violence prevention programs should be initiated before 7th grade and should address multiple risk factors.


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