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The effect of childhood physical and sexual abuse on adolescent weapon carrying.
J Adolesc Health. 2007 Jun; 40(6):551-8.JA

Abstract

PURPOSE

To examine the link and explore a potential association between physical and sexual abuse and weapon carrying in a sample of youth. Weapon carrying has been linked to the perpetration of serious violence in youth. Ample evidence associates child maltreatment with the perpetration of delinquent and violent behavior, but there is little research on the relationship between child maltreatment and weapon carrying.

METHODS

We analyzed cross-sectional data collected from students in a large survey of high-risk youth (n = 3487). Propensity score stratification was used to approximate a randomized experimental design to examine the effect of physical and sexual abuse on youth-reported weapon and firearm carrying.

RESULTS

Approximately 25% of weapon carrying by girls was attributable to sexual abuse in early childhood. We found no relationship between sexual abuse and weapon carrying for boys. The association between physical abuse and weapon carrying was less robust and no gender difference was detected.

CONCLUSIONS

Results indicate that exposure to certain forms of early childhood maltreatment may increase the probability of weapon carrying in adolescence, particularly for females. Sexual abuse prevention and intervention programs should incorporate personal safety alternatives to weapon carrying, and clinicians should be aware that sexually abused girls are at greater risk for weapon carrying than other maltreated youth.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, USA. RSL4@cdc.govNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17531762

Citation

Leeb, Rebecca T., et al. "The Effect of Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse On Adolescent Weapon Carrying." The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, vol. 40, no. 6, 2007, pp. 551-8.
Leeb RT, Barker LE, Strine TW. The effect of childhood physical and sexual abuse on adolescent weapon carrying. J Adolesc Health. 2007;40(6):551-8.
Leeb, R. T., Barker, L. E., & Strine, T. W. (2007). The effect of childhood physical and sexual abuse on adolescent weapon carrying. The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 40(6), 551-8.
Leeb RT, Barker LE, Strine TW. The Effect of Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse On Adolescent Weapon Carrying. J Adolesc Health. 2007;40(6):551-8. PubMed PMID: 17531762.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The effect of childhood physical and sexual abuse on adolescent weapon carrying. AU - Leeb,Rebecca T, AU - Barker,Lawrence E, AU - Strine,Tara W, Y1 - 2007/03/26/ PY - 2006/09/19/received PY - 2006/12/22/revised PY - 2007/01/12/accepted PY - 2007/5/29/pubmed PY - 2007/7/4/medline PY - 2007/5/29/entrez SP - 551 EP - 8 JF - The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine JO - J Adolesc Health VL - 40 IS - 6 N2 - PURPOSE: To examine the link and explore a potential association between physical and sexual abuse and weapon carrying in a sample of youth. Weapon carrying has been linked to the perpetration of serious violence in youth. Ample evidence associates child maltreatment with the perpetration of delinquent and violent behavior, but there is little research on the relationship between child maltreatment and weapon carrying. METHODS: We analyzed cross-sectional data collected from students in a large survey of high-risk youth (n = 3487). Propensity score stratification was used to approximate a randomized experimental design to examine the effect of physical and sexual abuse on youth-reported weapon and firearm carrying. RESULTS: Approximately 25% of weapon carrying by girls was attributable to sexual abuse in early childhood. We found no relationship between sexual abuse and weapon carrying for boys. The association between physical abuse and weapon carrying was less robust and no gender difference was detected. CONCLUSIONS: Results indicate that exposure to certain forms of early childhood maltreatment may increase the probability of weapon carrying in adolescence, particularly for females. Sexual abuse prevention and intervention programs should incorporate personal safety alternatives to weapon carrying, and clinicians should be aware that sexually abused girls are at greater risk for weapon carrying than other maltreated youth. SN - 1879-1972 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17531762/The_effect_of_childhood_physical_and_sexual_abuse_on_adolescent_weapon_carrying_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1054-139X(07)00020-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -