Handgun carrying among youth in the United States
Vaughn, Michael G.
Salas-Wright, Christopher P.
Boutwell, Brian B.
Curtis, Mary P.
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CitationMichael G. Vaughn, Christopher P. Salas-Wright, Brian B. Boutwell, Matt DeLisi, Mary P. Curtis. 2017. "Handgun Carrying Among Youth in the United States." Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, v. 15, Issue 1, pp. 21-37.
Despite a wealth of research finding that adolescents who carry handguns are involved in risky behaviors, there has been little exploration into the heterogeneity of this behavior. Using a pooled sample of 12- to 17-year-olds from the National Study on Drug Use and Health who report past-year handgun carrying (N = 7,872), this study identified four subgroups of handgun carriers: low risk (n = 3,831; 47.93%), alcohol and marijuana users (n = 1,591; 20.16%), fighters (n = 1,430; 19.40%), and severe externalizers (n = 1,020, 12.51%). These subgroups differed on demographic, behavioral, and psychosocial characteristics. Findings are discussed in light of prevention and focused deterrence.