ERIC Number: ED381598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Weapon-Related Victimization in Selected Inner-City High School Samples. A Final Summary Report Presented to the National Institute of Justice.
Sheley, Joseph F.; And Others
A study funded by the National Institute of Justice finds that one in five inner-city students surveyed (one in three males) had been shot at, stabbed, or otherwise injured with a weapon at or in transit to or from school in the past few years. Dangers of the environment outside the school were more obviously related to the rate of adolescent victimization (weapon-related victimization) than the environment inside the school. Findings from the study were derived from responses to surveys completed by 1,591 students (758 males and 833 females) in 10 inner-city public high schools in California, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Illinois. Seventy-five percent of those surveyed were African American, 16 percent were Hispanic, 2 percent were White. Victimization did not differ significantly across racial and ethnic lines, but was more frequent for males. Efforts to increase school safety are needed, but, in fact, reduction in the overall level of student violence will follow only after external conditions promoting violence are addressed. Three tables summarize survey findings. (Contains 15 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.; Tulane Univ., New Orleans, LA.
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