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Document Number: 4151

Behavior-Oriented Approaches To Reducing Youth Gun Violence - Advocacy groups on both sides of the gun issue frequently point to changing personal behavior of both parents and children as a key element in reducing gun violence among youth. Efforts to bring about these changes range from community-based campaigns, to laws and programs that encourage parents to store their guns safely, to educational initiatives that focus on keeping young children away from guns and encouraging youth to resolve disputes without violence. Unfortunately, these behavior-oriented programs have not shown great success in reducing youth gun violence. This article reviews the research surrounding behavioral approaches to gun violence prevention and highlights obstacles that hamper the effectiveness of these programs. (Marjorie S. Hardy, The Future of Children, vol. 12, no. 2, 2002)...


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