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Title: Factors Influencing Gun Carrying Among Young Urban Males Over the Adolescent-Young Adult Life Course
Journal: Criminology  Volume:38  Issue:3  Dated:August 2000  Pages:811-834
Author(s): Alan J. Lizotte; Marvin D. Krohn; James C. Howell; Kimberly Tobin; Gregory J. Howard
Date Published: August 2000
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 96-MU-FX-0014;5 R01 DA05512-07;
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the causes and correlates of hidden gun carrying among young urban males.
Abstract: Analysis addressed the changing impact of gang membership, drug sales, and peer gun ownership for protection on gun carrying at nine separate points over the early adolescent to young adult life course. In early adolescence, gang membership was a strong motivation for gun carrying. At somewhat older ages, drug dealing--particularly high drug sales and illegal peer gun ownership--replaced gang membership as the primary determinants of illegal gun carrying. Gun carrying is a response to the situational imperatives faced by youth. The constellation of situations in which they encounter other illegal gun carriers is so large that the probability of their carrying becomes high. The many vicious cycles of contagion come and go over the adolescent life course to produce the milieu of gun carrying that produces homicide among young males. Notes, tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Controlled Substances; Firearm-crime relationships; Gangs; Homicide; Illicit firearms; Juvenile gun ownership; Peer influences on behavior; Weapon carrying
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