Community Organizations' Involvement In School Safety Planning: Does It Make A Difference In School Violence?

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Title: Community Organizations' Involvement In School Safety Planning: Does It Make A Difference In School Violence?
Author: Patton, Joy D.
Abstract: It is highly suggested by researchers , authors and government entities that schools involve community organizations in school safety planning and the development of safety strategies . However , there are no known studies suggesting the effectiveness of this involvement . This study investigated community organizations involvement in school safety planning as a predictor of serious violent incidents using a regression analysis . In block one , law enforcement involvement in school safety planning was the only significant predictor of serious violent incidents (p < .05 ) . Law enforcement organizations had showed a negative relationship with serious violent incidents (t= -2 .994 ) . When law enforcement organizations were involved in school safety planning , there were lower numbers of serious violent incidents . In block two , when adding school characteristics (size , location and racial distribution ) to the model , law enforcement involvement continues to be a significant predictor of serious violent incidents (p < .05 ) and still having a negative relationship (t = -2 .058 ) . School size (t = 7 .736 , p < .01 ) , school location (t= -3 .386 , p < .01 ) and racial distribution (t = 4 .125 , p < .01 ) were also significant predictors of serious violent incidents . In block three of the regression model , violence prevention and intervention variables were added . The results of this analysis shows that law enforcement is no longer a significant predictor of violence (t= -1 .829 , p > .05 ) . In this model it can be seen that prevention variables related to student surveillance was a significant predictor of serious violence incidents with a negative relationship (t = -2 .240 , p < .05 ) . Although the variables of law enforcement , school characteristics and prevention are significant , the percent of variance in each block is small . In block one only 0 .7 % of the variance is explained , in block two only 5 .2 % of the variance is explained and in block three only 5 .3 % of the variance is explained .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /962
Date: 2008-08-08

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Community Organizations' Involvement In School Safety Planning: Does It Make A Difference In School Violence?. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /962 .

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