CitationForrest, Kimberly Y. Z.; Zychowski, Amy K.; Stuhldreher, Wendy L.; & Ryan, William J. (2000). Weapon-carrying in school: Prevalence and association with other violent behaviors. American Journal of Health Studies. vol. 16 (3) pp. 133-140
AbstractViolence associated with weapons has emerged as a major public health problem among school aged children, particularly adolescents. Data from a large, nationwide survey, the National Add Health Survey, were used to examine the prevalence and risk factors for adolescent weapon-carrying in school and its association with other violent behaviors. The prevalence rates of weapon-carrying and other violent behaviors rose from 7th to 8th grade and peaked at 9th grade. Significant correlates of weapon-carrying in school were low household income, being male, feeling unsafe in school, and substance abuse. Violent behaviors (i.e. having been stabbed/shot, participation in a group fight, having threatened someone with a weapon, and having seriously injured someone) were significantly associated with weapon-carrying. The findings of this study suggest that school-based violence prevention programs should be initiated before 7th grade and should address multiple risk factors.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleAmerican Journal of Health Studies
Author(s)Forrest, Kimberly Y. Z.
Zychowski, Amy K.
Stuhldreher, Wendy L.
Ryan, William J.