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NCJ Number: 186294 Find in a Library
Title: Schools, Violence, and Society
Editor(s): Allan M. Hoffman
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 365
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: Overview Text
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book contains 20 essays that address past trends in school violence, the current extent of the problem, and aspects of its causes and prevention.
Abstract: Four essays on the problem of school violence include a teacher's perspective on violence in the classroom, weapon-carrying in schools, the nature and dynamics of juvenile gangs, and the impact of gangs on school safety. Two essays focus on the causes of school violence, as they consider the influence of media and television violence on the antisocial, aggressive, and violent behavior of children, as well as the influence of child abuse and family violence on violence in the schools. Two essays on school security and related legal issues discuss critical decisions and critical elements in an effective school security program, followed by a review of legal and policy issues related to school violence. Five essays provide guidelines for reducing violence in the school environment. They emphasize a comprehensive approach that includes teachers, school administrators, the government, professional and community associations, religious organizations, and private citizens. Six essays describe specific programs and strategies being used in various U.S. jurisdictions. They include the National Education Association's perspective and policies on school violence, a program for resolving conflicts creatively, the New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution, the New York City Board of Education's violence prevention strategy, the Virginia model for school to community intervention techniques to prevent violence, and the Texas initiative for preventing violence in schools. The concluding essay describes the use of community safety zones to curb urban violence. A 93-item selected bibliography and name and subject indexes
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Crime in schools; Gang violence; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; School delinquency programs; School security; Violence; Violence causes; Violence prevention
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