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NCJ Number: 178354 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Urban Pre-Adolescents Report Perceptions of Easy Access to Drugs and Weapons
Journal: Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse  Volume:8  Issue:1  Dated:1998  Pages:77-90
Author(s): Kelli A. Komro; Brian R. Flay; Frank Bingchang Hu; Arnaldo Zelli; Jamila Rashid; Shaffdeen Amuwo
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Bethesda, MD 20892-2425
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: 07293; HD30078
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The objectives of this study were to explore sources of drugs (tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana) and weapons (knives/razors, firearms) for a group of preadolescents living in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago.
Abstract: Two methods were used: a focus group and a self-administered survey implemented in classrooms. The purpose of the focus group was to collect qualitative information regarding youths' access to drugs and weapons and to use this information for the development of survey items. The student survey provided quantitative data regarding perceptions of youth access to drugs and weapons. The student survey was conducted in spring 1995 and included items on health-related behaviors, psychosocial factors associated with health behaviors, and items on perceptions of access to tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, knives, and firearms. The data presented in this report were collected as part of an ongoing randomized trial entitled the Chicago African-American Youth Health Behavior Project (AAYP). All 12 of the AAYP schools were used for this descriptive study on drug and weapons. At least one-third of this sample of fifth-grade students living in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago responded that it was easy for people their age to obtain each of the following products: tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, knives, and firearms. Across products, family members were the least likely source of products, and neighborhood sources were the most likely sources perceived to be easy. 5 tables and 17 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Illinois; Marijuana; Tobacco use; Underage Drinking; Urban area studies; Weapons
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