ERIC Number: ED303709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Trends and Comparisons in Secondary School Vandalism and Assault.
Studies on the problems of vandalism and violence in the schools have focused on societal changes, school behaviors, and the attitudes and behavior of the school principal in their efforts to understand the causes of such problems. This study examined recent trends in rates and costs of vandalism, and in rates of assaults by students on other students and on staff in 61 secondary schools in eight different school districts in Los Angeles County, California. Demographic differences were also investigated. Data on vandalism and assaults had been gathered each school month by school districts. Each school had a minimum of 3 years of monthly statistics available on vandalism occurrences and assaults. The results revealed that the variability in vandalism and violence from month to month was much greater than the change over time. No dramatic steady increases or decreases were found. Junior high schools had much lower frequencies of vandalism occurrences and costs than did senior high schools. Vandalism frequencies were higher in schools with a majority of white students, while assault rates were higher in schools with a majority of blacks or Hispanics. Low socioeconomic-level schools had very little reported vandalism but very high assault levels. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, GA, August 12-16, 1988).