Will they tell? Weapons reporting by middle-school youth

Eve M. Brank, Jennifer L. Woolard, Veda E. Brown, Mark Fondacaro, Jennifer L. Luescher, Ramona G. Chinn, Scott A. Miller

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Adding to the body of research that describes students who will bring weapons to school, the current research examined middle-school students' willingness to report when they know someone has a weapon at school. The sample included 1,957 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders from 27 schools in five states. Overall, a majority of students indicated that they would be willing to report; however, there were significant effects for the conditions of reporting (such as anonymity) and effects for some demographic characteristics. Furthermore, students who perceived adult or parental involvement in their lives were more willing to report. In contrast, students with delinquent involvement (self or peers) were significantly less likely to report the presence of weapons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-146
Number of pages22
JournalYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Adults
  • Juveniles
  • Parents
  • Peers
  • Weapons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Law


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