Preliminary Findings From Youth Handgun Violence Prevention Programs in Colorado

Kirk R. Williams, University of California, Riverside
Sabrina Arredondo Mattson, University of Colorado at Boulder

ABSTRACT
Youth and handguns has been a pressing issue since epidemic of lethal violence from the mid-1980's through the early 1990's. Even with the downturn in such violence in recent years, the presence of handguns among teenagers continues to be a threat to their well-being. Several center and school based violence prevention programs in Colorado have responded to this problem by incorporating handgun violence components into their prevention strategies; these strategies are currently being evaluated through a quasi-experimental design over a two-year period. This paper presents preliminary findings on handgun carrying and use as well as attitudes about handguns collected during the early stages of the interventions.

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