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

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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Updated 05/20/2006