Do Guns in the Home Predict Gender and Relationship Attitudes? An Exploratory Study

Diane R. Follingstad, Ann L. Coker, Jaspreet K. Chahal, Candace J. Brancato, Heather M. Bush

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This study explores the potential relationship of guns in students’ homes with attitudes indicative of tolerance of violence, negative attitudes toward women and their roles, and attitudes suggestive of myths regarding sexual assault. Seniors in Kentucky high schools whose families possessed guns (n = 1,749) produced higher scores on scales measuring these variables as well as on scales of relationship dependency and religious involvement than seniors whose families did not own guns (n = 912). Students whose families owned more than 10 guns tended to score highest on these measures compared with students whose families owned no guns or a few guns. Because of lower effect sizes, these significant associations require further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1097-1116
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 25 2016

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  • attitudes
  • attitudes toward women
  • gun ownership
  • high school students
  • tolerance of violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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