Weapon possession among college students: A study from a Midwestern University

Hyunseok Jang, Ji Hyon Kang, Rick Dierenfeldt, Greg Lindsteadt

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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
Issue number11
StatePublished - Oct 5 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology


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