ERIC Number: ED405386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Weapons and Minority Youth Violence.
Northrop, Daphne; Hamrick, Kim
Weapons violence is a major public health problem that especially impacts minority youth. Interventions designed to reduce weapon use by youth are categorized as educational/behavioral change, legal, and technological/environmental. Few educational programs currently exist, but those that do largely concern firearm safety courses, public information campaigns, counseling, classroom education, peer education and mentoring, and crisis intervention. Given that legal and technological countermeasures have difficulty in controlling weapons violence, education seems a critical first step toward a comprehensive approach to preventing weapons-related violence. Potential educational interventions include educating students and their communities about the dangers inherent in carrying or possessing firearms. Potential legal interventions include firearm legislation assessment, taxation, stricter licensing and registration policies, and bans on selected types of firearms. Potential technological/environment interventions include designing safer weapons, eliminating ammunition types, and modifying the adverse environment in which weapons are used or carried. A combination of strategies should be used, but before interventions are discussed, professionals must address the inadequacy of current information on which to base firearm policy, ethical and philosophical issues involving metal detector use, and the community's role. The appendix contains a list of 16 associations to contact for additional information. (GLR)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Change, Community Role, Crime Prevention, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Gun Control, Guns, Intervention, Legislation, Minority Group Children, Policy Formation, Prevention, Public Schools, Safety Education, Social Problems, Student Behavior, Violence, Weapons, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control (DHHS/PHS), Atlanta, GA.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.
Note: Background paper presented at the Forum on Youth Violence in Minority Communities (Atlanta, GA, December 10-12, 1990).