ERIC Number: ED438331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-28
A Scale for Measuring the Likelihood That Violence Will Occur.
Bulach, Clete; Penland, Julie; Williams, Ronnie; Doss, Brian
An instrument was developed to identify schools that might be more prone to the occurrence of violence. The first draft of the instrument was developed by a research analyst, the project evaluator, the school resource officer at a junior high school, and school officials. This draft went through several pilot administrations, revisions, and factor analyses. The final version, which consisted of 67 items, was administered to all 745 students in grades 6 through 8 of the junior high school. Factor analysis revealed that the scale had five factors. The overall measure of internal consistency and reliability yielded a reliability correlation coefficient of 0.85. The mean scores led school officials to conclude that bullying behavior was not a serious problem in the school. The instrument did reflect that bullying occurs, but the score indicated that it occurs only once in a while. The instrument provides useful data to help school officials develop a plan to reduce bullying, and identifies behaviors and school locations that could be potential problems. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Georgia Education Research Association (Atlanta, GA, October 1999).