Early Access to Weapons: Juveniles' Risks for Offending and Victimization

Jennifer N. Shaffer, The Pennsylvania State University
R. Barry Ruback, The Pennsylvania State University

Although the rate of gun violence among juveniles has been on the decline since 1993 (Wintemute, 2000), gun related juvenile violence continues to be unacceptably high. Analyses of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health Study) indicate that there are significant relationships between easy access to weapons in the home and juveniles' risk for both victimization and offending, even when other risk factors are held constant. Using data from the first two waves of the Add Health Study, the authors examine (a) what factors about households, juveniles, and neighborhoods are related to easy access to weapons, (b) what factors moderate these relationships, and (c) whether these relationships change across time and whether these relationships are the same across contexts

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