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NCJ Number: 184971 Find in a Library
Title: Role of Firearms in Youth Violence (From Youth Violence: Prevention, Intervention, and Social Policy, P 201-228, 1999, Daniel J. Flannery and C. Ronald Huff, eds. -- See NCJ-184963)
Author(s): Norman B. Rushforth Ph.D.; Daniel J. Flannery Ph.D.
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Sale Source: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1825
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter examines the role of firearms in youth violence.
Abstract: The article examines victimization resulting from the use of firearms, the perpetration of violence involving the use of firearms, and recent studies on the defensive use of guns against crime. It includes studies of firearm-related homicides, suicides, and unintentional fatal injuries. Particular issues for youth are gang violence and the accessibility of firearms. Finally, the article considers the implications of both epidemiological research and studies by right-to-bear-arms advocates for social policy and practice regarding firearms. This section of the article discusses enforcement of existing laws limiting the availability and use of firearms by young people; strengthening legislation on gun control; firearm owners' liability; improvements in firearm technology for safety; efforts to reduce violence in schools; and physician role in identification, prevention, and intervention. Firearms are only one agent contributing to youth violence. Their use, availability and misuse are embedded in other macro-system issues that need to be taken into account: the effects of poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, racism, lack of educational achievement, and the glamorous portrayal of violence in the media. References
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Economic influences; Firearm-crime relationships; Firearms; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile gun ownership; Media coverage; Socioeconomic development; Violence causes
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