ERIC Number: ED428444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
A "Safe" High School: Prevalence and Consequences of Students' Exposure to Firearms.
Caty, Caren; Heller, Tracy L.; Guarino, Anthony J.; Michael, William
This report explores the prevalence of firearms in the lives of high-school students attending a "safe" campus, and the psychological effects this exposure has on these students. The study sample was 569 students enrolled in a large, ethnically diverse, urban high school. Results show that 51 percent of the students reported that they had easy access to firearms. Males were significantly more likely to have access than females. Blacks, Latinos, and whites were more than twice as likely to have access to guns than Asians. Blacks and whites were over three times more likely than Latinos and Asians to have a gun in the home. Students with access to guns were almost four times more likely to have experimented with drugs or alcohol. However, these students were significantly less likely to engage in physical fights and twice as likely to report that they did not feel safe at school. Forty-nine percent of the students reported that they knew someone who had been killed by gunfire. Significant ethnic differences were apparent, with blacks and Latinos twice as likely to have known someone killed by gunfire than whites and Asians. Students who had known someone killed by gunfire usually perceived their opportunities for the future as poor. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (Ellenville, NY, October 28-30, 1998).