The gender gap in reporting household gun ownership.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVES:This study examined errors in estimating household gun ownership that result from interviewing only 1 adult per household. METHODS:Data from 2 recent telephone surveys and a series of in-person surveys were used to compare reports of household gun ownership by husbands and wives. RESULTS:In the telephone surveys, the rate of household gun ownership reported by husbands exceeded wives' reports by an average of 12 percentage points; husbands' reports also implied 43.3 million more guns. The median "gender gap" in recent in-person surveys is 7 percentage points. CONCLUSIONS:Future research should focus on respondents' reports about personally owned guns.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ludwig, J; Cook, PJ; Smith, TW

Published Date

  • November 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 88 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1715 - 1718

PubMed ID

  • 9807545

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9807545

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-0048

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-0036

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2105/ajph.88.11.1715


  • eng