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NCJ Number: 159959 Find in a Library
Title: Schoolwide Approach to Violence Prevention (From Preventing Violence in America, P 209-231, 1996, Robert L Hampton, Pamela Jenkins, and Thomas P Gullotta, eds. -- See NCJ-159949)
Author(s): K R Beland
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter describes promising directions in schoolwide violence-prevention programming and offers guidelines for schoolwide implementation of prevention strategies.
Abstract: Since children spend a large percentage of their waking hours in school, schools are in a unique position to help children learn how to get along better, both in and out of school. For some children, teachers are the only positive adult role models in their lives. Schools also offer an opportunity to reach children at an early age, when behavior is not so entrenched. Given that most incidents of youth violence occur within peer groups, classrooms are the logical place for children to learn and practice interpersonal skills. To be successful, schoolwide violence-prevention programs require a concerted effort by school staff. Before adopting a curriculum, educators must understand the origins of antisocial and prosocial behavior, which teaching methodologies and skills have proven to affect behavior, and which programs offer the most promise. In the initial stages of program implementation, attainment of teacher "buy-in" and provision of training and ongoing support are critical to success. Nonteaching staff and parents and guardians also need training and support in reinforcing violence-prevention skills. Evaluation of the program should be carefully designed and conducted over time. By following these guidelines for implementation, educators can help ensure that the risk of violence is reduced for children. 67 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): School delinquency programs; Violence prevention
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