Carrying weapons and intent to harm among Victorian secondary school students in 1999 and 2009

Hemphill, Sheryl A., Tollit, Michelle A., Romaniuk, Helena, Williams, Joanne, Toumbourou, John W., Bond, Lyndal and Patton, George C. 2013, Carrying weapons and intent to harm among Victorian secondary school students in 1999 and 2009, Medical journal of Australia, vol. 199, no. 11, pp. 769-771, doi: 10.5694/mja12.11645.

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Title Carrying weapons and intent to harm among Victorian secondary school students in 1999 and 2009
Author(s) Hemphill, Sheryl A.
Tollit, Michelle A.
Romaniuk, Helena
Williams, JoanneORCID iD for Williams, Joanne orcid.org/0000-0002-5633-1592
Toumbourou, John W.ORCID iD for Toumbourou, John W. orcid.org/0000-0002-8431-3762
Bond, Lyndal
Patton, George C.
Journal name Medical journal of Australia
Volume number 199
Issue number 11
Start page 769
End page 771
Total pages 3
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW
Publication date 2013-12
ISSN 0025-729X
Keyword(s) self-reported weapon carrying
intent to harm
Victorian secondary schools
Summary Objective
To examine comparable survey data across 10 years to assess whether rates of self-reported weapon carrying and intent to harm others have increased as suggested in reported trends in violent offences.

Design, setting and participants:
Population-based surveys administered to Victorian secondary school students in 1999 (8984 students) and 2009 (10 273 students) attending government, Catholic and independent schools. Main outcome measures: Student self-reports of carrying a weapon and attacking someone with the intent to harm in the past 12 months.

Results:
In both surveys, about 15.0% of students reported carrying a weapon and about 7.0% reported attacking someone with intent to harm in the past 12 months, with higher rates among boys than girls. There was no change over time in the rates of students carrying weapons or attacking someone with the intent to harm, after controlling for demographic variables.

Conclusions:
In contrast to media portrayals and reported trends in violent offences, rates of students carrying weapons and attacking others with intent to harm have not changed between 1999 and 2009. These findings underline the importance of having national population-based data to regularly monitor the rates of these and related behaviours among young Australians.
Language eng
DOI 10.5694/mja12.11645
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920409 Injury Control
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Australasian Medical Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30060345

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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