Predictors of Weapon Carrying in Youth Attending Drop-in Centers
Authors: Blumberg, Elaine J.; Liles, Sandy; Kelley, Norma J.; Hovell, Melbourne F.; Bousman, Chad A.; Shillington, Audrey M.; Ji, Ming; Clapp, John
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 33, Number 6, November 2009 , pp. 745-758(14)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objective : To test and compare 2 predictive models of weapon carrying in youth (n 308) recruited from 4 drop-in centers in San Diego and Imperial counties.
Methods : Both models were based on the Behavioral Ecological Model (BEM).
Results : The first and second models significantly explained 39 and 53 of the variance in weapon carrying, respectively, and both full models shared the significant predictors of being black(), being Hispanic (), peer modeling of weapon carrying/jail time (), and school suspensions ().
Conclusions : Results suggest that the BEM offers a generalizable conceptual model that may inform prevention strategies for youth at greatest risk of weapon carrying.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.
Publication date: November 1, 2009
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