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NCJ Number: 165314 Find in a Library
Title: Gun Acquisition and Use by Juvenile Offenders
Journal: Journal of the American Medical Association  Volume:275  Issue:22  Dated:(June 12, 1996)  Pages:1754-1758
Author(s): P Ash; A L Kellermann; D Fuqua-Whitley; A Johnson
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Interviews with a convenience sample of 63 juvenile offenders ages 13-18 in Atlanta were used to determine how, when, where, and why juvenile offenders acquire guns.
Abstract: The interviews were conducted in five detention centers in metropolitan Atlanta between June and November 1995. Results revealed that the average age of the youths was 15.7 years. Forty-one male and 12 female participants had owned a gun. Eighty-four percent of the gun carriers acquired their first gun before age 15. More than half received their first gun passively, without any specific plan to do so. The adolescents who purposefully obtained their first handgun were more likely than the others to become frequent or constant carriers. Forty percent felt safer and 40 percent said they felt more energized, excited, or powerful while carrying a gun. However, 34 percent reported increased anxiety about being caught. Almost all stated that guns are readily available from a wide range of sources. Findings suggested that knowledge of the developmental patterns of gun carrying by delinquent adolescents could be useful in formulating effective strategies to reduce firearm violence. Tables, figures, and 25 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile gun ownership
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Georgia (USA); Juvenile offenders; Weapon carrying
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