Students' and Parents' Views of School Violence: Understanding the Problem and Implications for Prevention

Richard Lawrence, St. Cloud State University

The quality of the parent-child relationship is important in reducing youths' involvement in delinquent behavior. Parental support of prosocial behavior and school achievement are equally important. This paper reports on findings of a survey administered to a sample of junior high school students and their parents regarding school achievement, delinquent involvement, and school crime and violence. Parents tend to greatly under-estimate their children's involvement in problem behaviors. The paper concludes with implications for violence prevention policies and some recommendations.

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