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NCJ Number: 158645 Find in a Library
Title: Guns and Youth (From Reason to Hope: A Psychosocial Perspective on Violence & Youth, P 251-279, 1994, Leonard D Eron, Jacquelyn H Gentry, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-158633)
Author(s): L Berkowitz
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: American Psychological Assoc
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Sale Source: American Psychological Assoc
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This review summarizes some of the disagreements between those favoring and those opposing greater restrictions on the availability of firearms to adolescents.
Abstract: National homicide statistics indicate an increase in homicide rates among young people. Although the rise in the firearm homicide rate is commonly linked to drugs, some authorities contend many violent crimes actually have little if anything to do with illegal substances. Rather, firearm availability may be primarily responsible for the high U.S. homicide rate. Few studies have examined specific reasons why youth obtain firearms, but findings from several recent surveys suggest that handguns are more apt to be acquired by socially deviant youths than by their more "normally" acting counterparts. Many youths who take guns to school often do more than just show them off; they may use their firearms to intimidate, injure, or kill others. Pros and cons of gun control are evaluated, and research on the link between the "weapons effect" and impulsive aggression is reported. Observations about the role of guns in developing violence proneness are offered, and questions for further research are raised. 73 references
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Aggression; Crime in schools; Drug Related Crime; Firearm-crime relationships; Gun Control; Homicide; Students; Victims of violent crime; Violence causes; Weapons violations
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