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NCJ Number: 227941 Find in a Library
Title: Relative Strengths of Predictors of Middle School Girls' Suspendable Offenses
Journal: Journal of School Violence  Volume:8  Issue:3  Dated:July-September 2009  Pages:251-263
Author(s): Barbara Harlow Cavanaugh
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 13
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the relative strength of several potential predictors of school violence among middle school girls.
Abstract: Predictors identified of engagement in suspendable school behavior include: (1) observation of violence at school, suggesting girls may be learning to behave violently by observing violence in school; (2) gang involvement; and (3) a favorable attitude toward violence. The girls in the study also appeared to be making distinctions not between types of aggression but between violence used for aggression and violence used for the sake of defense. Two other intervenable social variables, prior school suspension and drug use, were more weakly associated with suspendable school offenses. The purpose of this study was to determine the relative strength of predictors of school violence among a sample of 229 girls enrolled in a middle school. References
Main Term(s): Violent females
Index Term(s): Adolescent females; Adolescents at risk; Behavior patterns; Crime in schools; Crime prediction; Female crime patterns; Female juvenile delinquents; Females; Schools; Students; Violence; Violence prediction
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