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Longitudinal Study of Firearm Violence in Adolescence and Young Adulthood

JAMA Pediatrics is providing free access to a new article discussing results from a National Institute of Justice-funded study. Researchers examined the association between firearm involvement by youth involved in the juvenile justice system and subsequent firearm violence in adulthood.

This study builds upon the OJJDP-funded Northwestern Juvenile Project, the first large-scale longitudinal study of delinquent youth's mental health outcomes after detention in Cook County, IL, highlighted in OJJDP's Beyond Detention bulletin series.

The researchers found that for this urban sample of Cook County youth who were both arrested and detained, involvement with firearms during adolescence—including victimization—is a significant risk factor for firearm perpetration and ownership during adulthood.


Date Published: March 10, 2021