Exploring the gender gap in handgun ownership


Holbrook, April (2014). Exploring the gender gap in handgun ownership. 2014 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.


legislation in the United States. Evidence for both sides of the debate abounds, but little is known about the gun owners themselves. In the United States men are much more likely to own handguns than women. It is possible that this gap could be explained through gender socialization, or because men amplify masculinity through gun owning. However, prior literature that examines the socialization of gun ownership has been limited by small sample sizes, retrospective accounts of socialization, and much of this prior work has used cross-sectional data. And work that explores the role of masculinity in handgun ownership has been primarily limited to qualitative research. Fear is also often cited as a reason for owning a handgun; however there is not much support for this hypothesis in the literature. I use the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) to overcome these limitations while exploring the mechanisms responsible for the gender gap using logistic regression models.



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Conference proceeding

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2014 Add Health Users Conference


Holbrook, April

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Bethesda, MD

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