ERIC Number: ED451885
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Children's Safety at School: Ecological and Social Support Factors.
Hess, Laura E.; Graff, Jennifer M.
The present study examined features of the school ecology and social support as risk and protective factors in students' safety at school among 73 third- through fifth-grade students. Students' perceptions of safety in several contexts within schools were assessed. Student, peer, and teacher perceptions of victimization were contrasted. In addition, social support from parents, teachers, friends, and classmates, as well as perceptions of support from others with regard to victimization in particular and students' safety at school were examined. Findings indicated that students felt more safe when in closed areas characterized by more adult monitoring (in their classrooms), and least safe in open, less closely monitored areas (on the playground). Self-reports and peer reports of victimization were related and were associated with safety in the classroom and at recess, although teacher reports were unrelated to self-reports and were associated only with classroom safety. The findings have implications for creating safer school environments. (Contains 12 references.) (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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