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Weapons carrying in British teenagers: The role of personality, delinquency, sensational interests, and mating effort

By Joanna Barlas and Vincent Egan


Full text of this item is not currently available on the LRA. \ud The final published version is available at, Doi: 10.1080/14789940500407692.It has been suggested that weapon carrying by adolescents reflects status display, intra-sexual competition, and mating effort. We investigated links between weapon carrying, delinquency, personality, sensational interests, and mating effort in 121 adolescents (M:F = 62:59; mean age = 15.7 years, SD = 2.12). Logistic regression found four predictors of weapon carrying; aggressive identity (OR = .30, 95% CI=.16 - 0.57, p < .001); delinquency (OR = 1.11, 95% CI=1.04 - 1.19, p < .05); low conscientiousness (OR = .80, 95% CI = .68 - .95); and greater military interests (OR=1.22, 95% CI=1.03 - 1.45). Effects of gender, age, hostility, and mating effort on weapon carrying were subsumed by delinquency. These results suggest adolescent weapon carriers tend to be more irresponsible, delinquent, and have a greater interest in aggressive display. However, attitudes to weapon carrying did not explicitly reflect status display, which was primarily attributed to weapon carriers by non-weapon carriers

Topics: Weapons, weapons carrying, personality, mating effort, sensational interests, delinquency
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.1080/14789940500407692
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