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NCJ Number: 158368 Find in a Library
Title: Metropolitan Life Survey of the American Teacher, 1994; Violence in America's Public Schools: The Family Perspective
Corporate Author: Louis Harris and Associates
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 254
Sponsoring Agency: Louis Harris and Associates
New York, NY 10003
New York, NY 10159
Metropolitan Life Foundation
New York, NY 10010
Sale Source: MetLife
The American Teacher Survey
P.O. Box 807
Madison Square Station
New York, NY 10159
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This survey focused on violence in the public schools from the perspective of public school students and their parents.
Abstract: The survey was based on interviews with a nationally representative sample of 1,000 parents of children who were attending public school in the third to twelfth grades. The survey also included interviews with public school students in grades three through twelve. All interviewing was done from April 22 to May 19, 1994. Parents and every school that encompassed grades three through twelve had an equal chance of being drawn into the sample and were representative of parents and children nationwide. The interviews focused on communications among students, teachers, and parents; worries and experiences with violence in the schools; how violence in school affects the daily lives of school children and their teachers; the influence of environmental issues on violence in the schools; and belief about who is responsible for helping to prevent or reduce school violence. Findings show that public school students and parents were generally satisfied with their public schools. Most believed that their schools provided a safe environment, as well as a quality education. A majority of students had never been victims of violence and had never been physically hurt while in or around school; however, there were sizable proportions of parents who reported that their children had at some time been victims of violence that occurred in or around school, and nearly equal proportions of students reported they had such an experience during their school lives. Children and young adults who had experienced violence were more likely to have had other negative experiences in their school life. Also, students who had been victims of violence were more likely to say their parents had infrequent communications with school personnel, such as individual meetings with teachers, parents' or group meetings, or visits to the school. Parents were more likely than students to believe that students received personal attention from teachers and that students had caring relationships with teachers and their peers. Students who had been victims of violence and those who were at greater risk of becoming victims were more often critical of their schools and of relations with teachers and other students. Extensive tabular data and appended questionnaires
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Crime in schools; Educators; Parental attitudes; Students; Violence
Note: Youth Violence and Guns.
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