ORIGINAL ARTICLESEffects of Gun Admonitions on the Behaviors and Attitudes of School-Aged BoysHARDY, MARJORIE S. Ph.D.Author Information Department of Psychology, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida Received August 2002; accepted July 2003. Address for reprints: Marjorie Hardy, Department of Psychology, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Avenue, South, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711. Portions of this paper were presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Orlando, Florida, March 2002. Copies of the parent and child interviews are available on request. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics: October 2003 - Volume 24 - Issue 5 - p 352-358 Buy Abstract ABSTRACT. Gun-safety programs frequently warn children not to touch guns with little consideration that the messages may enhance the allure of the guns. In the current study, boys rated and ranked their preference for a gun in comparison with other desirable objects. One week later, when left alone in the room with the objects, they were forbidden to touch either the gun or some other object. Observations of their behavior and reevaluation of their attitudes followed. Although the boys forbidden to touch the gun did not report an increased preference for it, all participants were significantly more likely to touch the forbidden gun than to touch other forbidden objects. Age, parent- and coach-reported simulated gun-play, and coach-reported risky behavior predicted gun-touching behavior. The results of the current study indicate that guns hold a unique allure and cast further doubt on the ability of gun admonitions to keep children safe around guns. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.