Assessing the Impact of Columbine on Students' Fear of Victimization: A Randomized Experiment

Lynn A. Addington, American University

ABSTRACT
On April 20, 1999, the most deadly act of school violence in the United States to date occurred at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. One consequence of Columbine appeared to be an increased fear of victimization at school among students nationwide. The basis for this conclusion, though, has been limited to information from public opinion polls taken after the incident and anecdotal evidence. This research provides a more systematic assessment of the impact of the shootings at Columbine High School on students' fear of victimization as well as their protective behaviors by using data from a nationally representative sample of students.

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