Date of Award

5-1-1997

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Sandra Jean Foster

Abstract

The overall objective of this study was to examine the relationship between drug activity and witnessing parental conflict as a teenager on later gun violence in adulthood. The sample for this study consists of thirty-five adult males participating in a volunteer drug and/or violent crime support group in Rahway, New Jersey. One questionnaire consisting of seventy five questions was administered by one masters level social work student. The survey instrument was created by the researcher. The study was an attempt to determine whether gun violence among adult males was perpetuated from teenage years. Also, whether drug activity and witnessing parental conflict as a teenager were significant factors in gun violence among adult males. Findings indicate that there is a positive and significant relationship between drug activity and gun violence as an adult male. The findings also indicate that there is a positive and significant relationship between witnessing parental conflict as a teenager on later gun violence in adulthood.

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