ERIC Number: ED371268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-5
School Psychologists Respond to School Violence: A National Survey.
Furlong, Michael; And Others
Increased concern about school violence in recent years has been associated with proposed changes in educational public policy. This paper presents the results of a national study that asked NASP members about their personal and professional experiences with school violence. The questionnaire was modeled after instruments created in California for teachers and was modified to address the training and service delivery of school psychologists. The study group consisted of field-based school psychologists (N=121) who gave their perceptions of campus violence. The majority of the psychologists (64.1 percent) reported little or no worry about their personal safety at school while 11.9 percent reported worrying about their personal safety at school weekly or daily. When researchers divided the 19 violent incidents on the questionnaire into less serious and more serious categories, results showed that school psychologists who believe that they have a violence problem on their campuses reported a much higher occurrence of the 10 severe incidents than psychologists who felt they had no violence problem. Some 45.3 percent of psychologists reported feeling unprepared, at some level, to address school violence on their campuses. Six recommended ways that schools and psychologists can address violence at their schools are listed. Four graphs give response percentages. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (26th, Seattle, WA, March 4-5, 1994).