Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants

Title

CONSEQUENCES OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE: PERSONAL COPING AND PROTECTION MEASURES

Department

School of Criminal Justice

College

College of Community and Public Service

Disciplines

Law

Abstract

To date, the fear of victimization of school personnel outside the school setting has not been extensively studied by the academic community. To add to this body of literature, this exploratory study investigated if school personnel have concerns of being victimization by current/former students and parents/ guardians using the lifestyles-routine activities theoretical approach. Using self-report data from a rural school district, this study found that in most instances, teachers and staff have a low fear of victimization and subsequently do not engage in personal avoidance activities in particular social settings, with the exception of a small number of males who reported avoiding current and former students in restaurants. Furthermore, the majority of school personnel did not report the use of personal protection measures or indicate that the safety of their children and/or significant others or spouses was a concern. A future agenda for studying this issue and implications for school management are also discussed.

Conference Name

Academy of Criminal Justice

Conference Location

Dallas Texas

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