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Center for Gun Policy and Research

Keeping Guns from Youth

Young people in the United States are at risk for being both victims and perpetrators of firearm-related violence. In 2007, there were more than 4,900 firearm-related homicide victims age 24 and younger. In this same age group, almost 2,000 adolescents and young adults committed suicide with a firearm. The Center seeks to understand the risk factors for youth violence, and to translate that information into effective programs and policies. Center faculty and staff are equally committed to evaluating the effects of these interventions to determine which work to reduce violence and which do not. We provide information to legislators, police, public health professionals and others to help implement sound, science-based solutions.

Center Research

FIREARM INJURIES (book chapter)
In: Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Integration of Research, Practice and Advocacy
Frattaroli S, Vittes KA, Johnson SB, Teret SP. 
American Public Health Association, 2nd edition, in press.

RISK-TAKING BEHAVIOR AMONG ADOLESCENTS WHO SAY THEY CAN GET A HANDGUN:
COMPARISON WITH THOSE WHO SAY THEY CANNOT GET A HANDGUN
Vittes KA, Sorenson SB. 
Journal of Adolescent Health 2006; 39(6):929-932.

USING LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH POWERS AS A TOOL FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION:
THE BALTIMORE YOUTH AMMUNITION INITIATIVE
Lewin NL, Vernick JS, Beilenson PL, Lindamood M, Mair JS, Teret SP, Webster DW.
Am J Public Health 2005;95:762-765.

HOW DELINQUENT YOUTH ACQUIRE GUNS: INITIAL VERSUS MOST RECENT GUN ACQUISITIONS
Webster DW, Freed LH, Frattaroli S, Wilson MH
Journal of Urban Health 2002;79:60-69

 

For more research on firearms and youth, click here to browse the database of scholarly works by Center faculty.

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