Access to Handgun Among Urban Youth: Attitudinal and Behavioral Implications

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

The presence of handgungs among youth continues to be a threat to their weel-being, even with the downturn in youth handgun violence in recent years. This paper examines the influence of the gun safety behavior of parents on yout's perceive access to handguns and its effect on their handgun attitudes and behaviors. Using a prospective study design a questionnaire was administered to 121 urban youth and their parents before entering a handgun violence prevention program, then again six months later. The findings indicate that youth yo have a perceived access to handguns are less likely to have anti-handgun attitudes and more likely to engage in handgun behavior.

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