ERIC Number: ED418511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Students' Reports of School Crime: 1989 and 1995. 1989 and 1995 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey.
Chandler, Kathryn A.; Chapman, Christopher D.; Rand, Michael R.; Taylor, Bruce M.
Everyone is concerned when children, especially school children, are the victims of violent crime, but schools bear a special responsibility for the safety of students when they are in the classroom, on school grounds, or on school-provided transportation. The Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Educational Statistics have collaborated on collecting information about students' experience of crime and crime-related conditions at school. This report presents a national portrait of the degree to which students ages 12 to 19 experience violent crime or theft of their property at school and their perceptions of the presence of guns, street gangs, and illegal drugs at their schools. It also highlights the important changes in these crime-related factors that occurred from 1989 to 1995. Students for the study were interviewed in their homes, either in person or by telephone. It was found that more students were exposed to certain problems at school in 1995 than in 1989. The former group was more likely to report that they had experienced violent victimization, could obtain drugs, and were aware of street gangs at school. A second key finding was that various types of problems tended to coexist; for example, reports of violent victimization were higher among students who believed drugs were available than among students who reported that drugs were not readily available. Contains 5 tables and 15 figures. (RJM)
Descriptors: Crime, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, School Security, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Victims of Crime, Violence, Youth Problems
National Library of Education, phone: 1-800-424-1616 or Bureau of Justice Statistics Clearinghouse, phone: 1-800-732-3277. World Wide Web: http:\\nces.ed.gov or http:\\www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Note: For the full survey report being supplemented, see ED 339 133.