ERIC Number: ED431068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Preventing Violence: Changing Norms in School Communities.
Comprehensive Health Education Foundation, Seattle, WA.
This document is intended to be a guide for administrators and other school personnel to develop an effective violence prevention program in their school communities. Violence is about norms, not only the attitudes and behaviors of individuals, but also the perceptions individuals have of the attitudes and behaviors of others. Because the norm fuels the violence, it is the norm that must be targeted for change. The school is an essential arena for change because it is where young people spend a large part of their lives and it is where many students' beliefs about violence are formed and nurtured. In choosing effective strategies for the prevention of violence, it is important to select strategies that are related to the community norms that support violence. Some promising programs for violence prevention are described, focusing on "Get Real about Violence" developed by J. Hawkins and R. Catalano. Criteria are listed for effective school-based violence prevention programs, and lists of 17 resource organizations and 47 suggestions for further reading are provided. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Norms, Prevention, Program Development, School Safety, Violence
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation, Seattle, WA.