Victimization and Health Risk Factors Among Weapon-carrying Youth

Authors: Stayton, Catherine1; McVeigh, Katharine H.2; Olson, E. Carolyn3; Perkins, Krystal4; Kerker, Bonnie D.5

Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 35, Number 6, November 2011 , pp. 654-663(10)

Publisher: PNG Publications

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Abstract:

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.

Keywords: ADOLESCENT HEALTH BEHAVIOR; VICTIMIZATION; VIOLENCE; WEAPON CARRYING

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.35.6.2

Affiliations: 1: Injury Surveillance and Prevention Program, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Environmental Disease Prevention, New York, NY 2: Psychiatric Epidemiology Unit, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Epidemiology Services, New York, NY 3: Community Epidemiology Unit, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Epidemiology Services, New York, NY 4: Department of Psychology, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA 5: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Epidemiology Services, New York, NY

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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