This study was an investigation of the association of attitudes toward guns with self-reports of alcohol/drug use, and impulsivity. Participants included 160 male and female high school students, who completed five questions regarding attitudes toward guns, in addition to questions about alcohol/drug use. Data were analyzed using t-tests. Males were more likely to feel that a home was safer with a gun. Feeling positively about a gun was associated with alcohol use in males and impulsive, aggressive behavior in males and females. A greater understanding of attitudes toward guns must take into account gender, alcohol use, and impulsive and aggressive tendencies.
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This research was funded by Grants Number 1 K08 DA00333-01A2 and Number P20NR02979.
Martin, Catherine A.; Mainous, Arch G.; Ford, Harriett H.; Mainous, Rosalie; Slade, Susan; Martin, David; and Omar, Hatim A., "Attitudes Towards Guns: Associations with Alcohol Use and Impulsive Behaviors" (2001). Psychiatry Faculty Publications. 48.