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NCJ Number: 193864 Find in a Library
Title: Weapons in an Affluent Suburban School
Journal: Journal of School Violence  Volume:1  Issue:1  Dated:2002  Pages:53-65
Author(s): Stephanie R. Hawkins; Amy Campanaro; Traci Bice Pitts; Hans Steiner
Editor(s): Edwin R. Gerler Jr.
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This exploratory study attempted to describe the self-reported violence and weapon carrying behaviors among suburban teenagers from an affluent community in the San Francisco Bay area.
Abstract: Past research studies had reported primarily on violence and weapon use among African American urban youth. It has become important to describe the weapon carrying behavior among suburban youth and determine if the risk factors for urban youth and weapon carrying are the same for suburban youth and weapon carrying. Research participants included 1,465 students enrolled in 2 largely affluent community high schools south of San Francisco. Results suggest that weapon carrying is a significant issue for suburban youth. The predictors of weapon carrying did not differ in comparison to inner-city or urban youth. The findings ran contrary to commonly held beliefs where children in affluent American suburbs were often overlooked in terms of youth violence. In summation, the idea that youth of suburban and affluent communities were not immune to youth weapon carrying was supported. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Weapon carrying
Index Term(s): Crime in schools; Dangerousness; School security; Schools; Suburban area studies; Urban area studies
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