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ERIC Number: EJ805443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
Adolescents' Views of Guns in a High-Violence Community
Black, Sally; Hausman, Alice
Journal of Adolescent Research, v23 n5 p592-610 2008
Firearms account for the majority of deaths among young Black men in America. This article presents a qualitative investigation of youth temptations, emotional reactions, and subsequent behavior with respect to guns. Twenty-three youth enrolled in a community-based firearm reduction program have participated in interviews on retrospective experiences with guns. Common temptations for gun carrying are protection during drug dealing, protection from disrespect, and protection from repeated aggression and bullying. Gun handling produces two diverse responses, fear and excitement. Interviews reveal a dangerous form of gunplay known as flossing and cognitive distortions of peer attitudes toward carriers. Results suggest the need to promote normal adolescent development through increased social opportunities, reduced exposure to guns, and empowering bystanders to prevent escalation of conflict.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania