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NCJ Number: 170382 Find in a Library
Title: Violence in Schools: The Enabling Factor
Author(s): C Remboldt
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 65
Sponsoring Agency: Johnson Institute
Minneapolis, MN 55439
Sale Source: Johnson Institute
7205 Ohms Lane
Minneapolis, MN 55439
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual explains how educators may unwittingly be enabling the problem of violence in schools and explains how to recognize and address enabling attitudes and behaviors.
Abstract: The text explains that school violence is a multifaceted problem that results from a combination of factors, including the disinhibition of children toward violence, the lack of a clear and universally accepted definition of violence, tolerance of violence, students' senses of entitlement to violence, and enabling. Schools' efforts to reduce violence have had limited effect due to their focus on only one or two facets of the problem. However, the enabling system created by administrators, teachers, other staff, parents, and students result in the pervasive attitudes of entitlement and tolerance of violence. An enabling system consists of all the misguided beliefs, feelings, attitudes, and behaviors that unwittingly allow and encourage student violence problems to continue or worsen by preventing those who engage in violence from understanding and experiencing the consequences of their behavior. The manual explains how enabling functions, the ways in which educators act as enablers, and specific actions to stop staff members' enabling behaviors. The discussion emphasizes the need for training, leadership, and support for change. Reference notes; lists of resource materials; and appended checklists for professionals, parents, and students
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): School delinquency programs; School discipline; Violence prevention
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