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ERIC Number: EJ881356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1538-8220
Structural Analysis of 1995-2005 School Crime Supplement Datasets: Factors Influencing Students' Fear, Anxiety, and Avoidant Behaviors
Mayer, Matthew J.
Journal of School Violence, v9 n1 p37-55 2010
The 1995-2005 School Crime Supplement datasets were analyzed using structural equation modeling. Converging evidence across multiple analyses suggests that secure school building policies may not be systematically linked to school disorder and may be more a reactive measure in response to other concerns. Most importantly, measures of incivility explain almost double the variance (31-45% vs. 17-25%) in students' fear, anxiety, and avoidant behaviors, compared to theft and attack, when tested using alternate measurement models. The analysis can inform school-based professionals working with at-risk students who may be exhibiting fear, anxiety, or avoidant behaviors related to a hostile school environment. The findings suggest that local school personnel and educational leaders concerned about school violence should facilitate increased resource supports to address incivility in schools. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures, and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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