Table 1

Firearm carriers and non-carriers, year 5 of Dating it Safe study, 2014

VariableFirearm carriers (n=41)Non-carriers (n=643)p Value
Age (SD), in years19.7 (0.8)20.1 (0.8)0.006
Male (%)30 (73.2)224 (34.8)<0.001
Race/ethnicity (%)0.27
 White, non-Hispanic17 (41.5)173 (26.9)
 Black, non-Hispanic8 (19.5)173 (26.9)
 Hispanic10 (24.4)217 (33.8)
 Asian/Pacific Islander2 (4.9)30 (4.7)
 Other4 (9.8)50 (7.8)
Highest parental education (%)0.18
 Less than high school6 (14.6)95 (14.8)
 High school6 (14.6)95 (14.8)
 Some college17 (41.5)158 (24.6)
 College graduate10 (24.4)238 (37.0)
 Missing2 (4.9)57 (8.9)
Current situation (%)0.02
 In private/public university7 (17.1)256 (39.8)
 In trade/technical school or community college17 (41.5)201 (31.3)
 Working, not in postsecondary school12 (27.3)126 (19.6)
 Not working and not in postsecondary school5 (12.2)60 (9.3)
Past-year substance use (%)
 Alcohol33 (80.5)425 (66.1)0.06
 Marijuana18 (43.9)239 (37.2)0.41
 Cocaine7 (17.1)30 (4.7)0.004
 Methamphetamine3 (7.3)10 (1.6)0.04
 Inhalants2 (4.9)7 (1.1)0.10
 Hallucinogens7 (17.1)24 (3.8)0.001
 Over The Counter (OTC) medications5 (12.2)32 (5.0)0.06
 Ecstasy7 (17.1)34 (5.3)0.008
 Prescription medications10 (24.4)55 (8.6)0.003
Episodic heavy drinking in last month (%)0.001
 None18 (43.9)436 (67.9)
 1–4 times11 (26.8)142 (22.1)
5+ times12 (29.3)64 (10.0)
  • Bold=statistically significant at 95% CI. p Values reported are from two-sided t-tests (age) and two-sided Fisher's exact tests (all others). For race/ethnicity, highest parental education and current situation, only a single p value is reported that reflects the statistical significance of the entire category.