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J Adolesc Health. 2007 May;40(5):470-3. Epub 2007 Mar 9.

Variables associated with weapon-carrying among young adolescents in southern California.

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Department of Global Health, Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Loma Linda, California 92354, USA.


In a multiethnic sample of 542 young adolescents, we examined the relation between victimization and weapon carrying in a school-based prevalence survey. Physical victimization contributed to this association in boys and relational victimization contributed to this association among girls. The findings support a gender-specific approach to designing violence prevention programs in the schools.

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