Preliminary Findings From the Safe Schools/Healthy Students National Evaluation: Perceptions of Safety on School Grounds

Pamela K. Lattimore, RTI International

ABSTRACT
This poster will provide a brief overview of and present some findings from the initial wave(s) of data collection from school-based individuals in sites receiving federal Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grant funds. Through 2001, the SS/HS Initiative had provided funds to 97 sites across the country to provide a comprehensive, community-wide approach to promote healthy childhood development and mental health and to address problems of school violence and drug abuse. The national evaluation of the Initiative is collecting data from a variety of key stakeholders, including students, teachers, principals and the individuals who coordinate substance abuse, violence prevention and mental health services in schools. The first two waves of data collection were accomplished in 2001 and 2002. Survey responses from the school-based respondents on questions related to perceptions of safety in school buildings and on school grounds will be compared. Responses across respondent categories and regional and urban strata will be compared and presented.

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