ERIC Number: EJ1124138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Preliminary Development of the Student Perceptions of School Safety Officers Scale
Zullig, Keith J.; Ghani, Nadia; Collins, Rani; Matthews-Ewald, Molly R.
Journal of School Violence, v16 n1 p104-118 2017
Research suggests that the safer students feel at school, the more likely they are to feel connected and able to focus on learning. Thus, measuring students' experiences with a school safety officer (SSO) is essential to understand the connection between officer engagement and students' safety. This study's purpose was to evaluate a SSO scale among 1,065 adolescents. Results suggest the SSO scale displayed excellent internal consistency estimates, construct validity via factor analysis, convergent validity with the School Climate Measure, discriminant validity with key demographic variables, and known-groups validity among students who reported fighting at school. Positive perceptions of SSOs also significantly increased with frequency of contact. The SSO scale is a preliminarily valid measure, potentially useful in research, screenings, and/or evaluation efforts to improve student engagement with SSOs.
Descriptors: School Safety, School Personnel, Attitude Measures, Student Attitudes, Test Construction, Test Reliability, Test Validity, High School Students, Public Schools, Statistical Analysis, Correlation, Security Personnel
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona
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