Effects of gun admonitions on the behaviors and attitudes of school-aged boys
The author evaluated the impact of gun admonitions on boys’ preferences for and behavior in the presence of a gun, using a sample of 55, mostly African-American, boys from a summer camp for disadvantaged youth in the Southeast. At baseline, the boys ranked their preference for a gun in comparison with other objects. A week later, when left alone in the room with the objects, they were forbidden to touch either the gun or some other object. All participants were significantly more likely to touch the forbidden gun than to touch other forbidden objects. Age, parent- and coach-reported simulated gun-play, and coach reported risky behavior predicted gun-touching behavior.
Hardy, M. S. (2003). Effects of gun admonitions on the behaviors and attitudes of school-aged boys. J Dev Behav Pediatr, 24(5), 352-358.
Hardy, M. S. "Effects of Gun Admonitions on the Behaviors and Attitudes of School-Aged Boys." J Dev Behav Pediatr 24.5 (2003): 352-8.