ERIC Number: ED321866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Schools and Child Abuse: A National Survey of Principals' Attitudes, Beliefs, and Practices.
Romano, Nicole; And Others
A national survey assessed principals' attitudes, beliefs, and practices concerning child abuse and its prevention. Of particular interest were principals': (1) attitudes concerning the amount and quality of child abuse education in schools; (2) responses to suspected cases of child abuse and neglect; (3) perceptions of possible barriers to reporting; (4) perception of the importance of school-based preventive services; (5) beliefs about abolishing corporal punishment in schools. Participants were the largest and smallest districts, both urban and rural, in 29 counties. Counties were 13 percent northeastern, 12 percent midwestern, 37 percent southern, and 38 percent southwestern. A total of 152 elementary school and 34 high school principals returned questionnaires. Findings indicated that: (1) principals were satisfied with the information and education on child abuse they provide to school staff and by the education provided by their districts; (2) the vast majority of schools have written policies regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect, and principals and teachers who actively report cases; (3) schools do a laudable job of linking at-risk clients and school and community services; and (4) schools provide prevention services that are integrated into educational curricula. Findings suggest discrepancies between awareness levels of principals and teachers. (RH)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Child Abuse, Educational Practices, Elementary Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, High Schools, National Surveys, Prevention, Principals, Program Implementation, Rural Schools, Urban Schools
National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, Catalog Requests, 332 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60604 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, Chicago, IL.