Preliminary Findings from an Evaluation of Youth Handgun Violence Prevention Programs

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

Handguns continue to play a lethal role in the lives of youth even with the downturn in youth handgun violence in recent years. Despite widespread youth handgun violence prevention and intervention efforts, little is known about their effectiveness. The lack of research on program effectiveness in this area has prompted several center and school based violence prevention programs to evaluate their youth handgun violence prevention efforts. These strategies are in the final stages of an evaluation using a quasi-experimental design. This paper presents preliminary findings from the evaluations of these efforts to prevent and intervene in youth handgun carrying and use.

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