The overall project is to understand the culture and patterns of handgun carrying among rural adolescents. Long-term, this work will inform firearm injury prevention and safety promotion efforts. This is led by Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar from University of Washington and was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $1,432,559 funded by CDC/HHS (R01CE003299).
WSU is leading one part of this effort by collecting data from rural Washington State youth in what’s called the Youth Experiences in Rural Washington: Research on Firearm Safety project. This project is a mixed methods study collecting qualitative (focus group or interview) and quantitative (survey) data from 93 rural youth across Washington State. We used a community-based participatory research process, engaging WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development as community partners in each step from the grant proposal through dissemination of findings.
WSU Extension faculty and staff partners include Dr. Ashley Hall, Dr. Gary Varrella, Toni Gwin, and Linda McLean. We appreciate the support of the WSU 4-H Youth Development program.