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NCJ Number: 170982 Find in a Library
Title: Schools, Violence, and Society
Editor(s): A M Hoffman
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 360
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Publication Number: ISBN 0-275-95506-0
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Since the 1960s, crime and violence have been increasing in America's schools; this violence has affected not only inner-city schools but also every socioeconomic level of culture and society.
Abstract: The prevalence of crime and violence in schools has become the concern of policy-makers at Federal and State levels, parents, educators, and students themselves. Students in school environments where violence occurs cannot concentrate on academic achievement, and teachers cannot focus on teaching and learning. The essays on school violence are organized in six parts: (1) the problem of school violence (weapons and gangs); (2) causes of school violence (media and television violence, aggression, antisocial behavior, and the impact of child abuse and family violence on violence in schools); (3) school security and related legal issues; (4) general strategies for achieving a less violent school environment; (5) specific approaches to preventing school violence (National Education Association policies and violence prevention initiatives in New Mexico, New York, Virginia, and Texas); and (6) a community-based approach to violence in urban schools. Essays address violence in society, trends in school violence, the extent of the school violence problem, and various aspects of violence causes and prevention. The influence on students and communities of gang activities, drugs, alcohol, and weapons on campus is discussed. References and notes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Aggression; Child abuse as crime factor; Juvenile crime patterns; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile educational services; Media coverage; Media violence; New Mexico; New York; Public schools; School security; Television programming; Texas; Urban criminality; Violence on television
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