Weapon possession among college students

A study from a Midwestern University

Hyunseok Jang, Ji Hyon Kang, Ricki Dale Dierenfeldt, Jr., Greg Lindsteadt

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Abstract

Weapon possession on college campuses causes great concern, but there remains a lack of research examining the determinants of this phenomenon. Previous studies addressing weapon possession have primarily focused on either K-12 or the general adult population. Unlike previous studies, this study examined the weapon possession among college students using data collected from a mid-sized university in Missouri, and 451 students participated. Weapon possession and other theoretical factors were measured through the self-administered survey. Logistical regression analysis revealed that weapon socialization was the most significant factor in predicting student weapon carrying. Also, gender and age were significant factors in explaining campus-based weapon possession. This research has a limitation with generalizability because the data were collected from only a single university with convenient sampling. Future studies need to cover a wider range of college students from a variety of different universities with random sampling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1239-1259
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume59
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology

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Jang, Hyunseok ; Kang, Ji Hyon ; Dierenfeldt, Jr., Ricki Dale ; Lindsteadt, Greg. / Weapon possession among college students : A study from a Midwestern University. In: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 2015 ; Vol. 59, No. 11. pp. 1239-1259.
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In: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Vol. 59, No. 11, 01.01.2015, p. 1239-1259.

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