ERIC Number: EJ956244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Victimization and Health Risk Factors among Weapon-Carrying Youth
Stayton, Catherine; McVeigh, Katharine H.; Olson, E. Carolyn; Perkins, Krystal; Kerker, Bonnie D.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v35 n6 p654-663 Nov 2011
Objective: To compare health risks of 2 subgroups of weapon carriers: victimized and nonvictimized youth. Methods: 2003-2007 NYC Youth Risk Behavior Surveys were analyzed using bivariate analyses and multinomial logistic regression. Results: Among NYC teens, 7.5% reported weapon carrying without victimization; 6.9% reported it with victimization. Both subgroups were more likely than non-weapon carriers to binge drink, use marijuana, smoke, fight, and have multiple sex partners; weapon carriers with victimization also experienced persistent sadness and attempted suicide. Conclusions: Subgroups of weapon carriers have distinct profiles. Optimal response should pair disciplinary action with screening for behavioral and mental health concerns and victimization.
Descriptors: Weapons, Student Behavior, Discipline, At Risk Persons, Suicide, Risk, Victims of Crime, Comparative Analysis, Urban Areas, Violence, Alcohol Abuse, Drinking, Marijuana, Drug Abuse, Smoking, Sexuality, Mental Health, Screening Tests, Behavior Problems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Youth Risk Behavior Survey