This study examined associations between child maltreatment, violence exposure, and gender in predicting subsequent adolescent weapon carrying. Data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well- Being, a nationally representative longitudinal study of families in contact with the child welfare system, were used. Participants included 821 youth who were followed over five years. Results from a logistic regression suggested that male youth who reported physical abuse at baseline were less likely to report carrying a weapon any time across the follow up period, while physical abuse did not predict weapon carrying in females. These counterintuitive findings demonstrated a complex relationship between violence exposure and subsequent risk behaviors among a vulnerable population of youth.
Schroeder, Lauren P.; Karczewski, Sabrina A.; and Fowler, Patrick J. PhD
"Child Maltreatment, Exposure to Violence, and Adolescent Weapon Carrying,"
DePaul Discoveries: Vol. 1
, Article 1.
Available at: http://via.library.depaul.edu/depaul-disc/vol1/iss1/1