This study evaluates the impact on student behavior of violence prevention education in school settings.
School records were obtained for three panels (1985,1986, and 1987) of urban public high school students (n=1,523) who were nonrandomly assigned to three different conditions of school-based violence prevention education : (1) in a class-specific comprehensive educational intervention, (2) as part of a school-wide violence prevention initiative, and (3) no exposure.
Changes in suspension status from sophomore to junior year were tracked within exposure groups and the risk of junior year suspension was compared across exposure groups, controlling for age, gender, race, absenteeism, and previous year suspension.
The class-specific exposure, compared to a not-exposed group from the same school showed a significant 71% reduction in suspension rates (RR=286, CI. 12,66).
The school-wide exposure school shows reductions in and maintenance of very low rates of junior year suspension in each cohort year, although these are not always statistically significantly different from not-exposed groups.
Results indicate that violence prevention education can reduce negative school behaviors, particularly when other supportive curricula and activities are added.
Mots-clés Pascal : Violence, Trouble comportement social, Prévention, Education sanitaire, Milieu scolaire, Environnement social, Changement comportement, Adolescent, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Violence, Social behavior disorder, Prevention, Health education, School environment, Social environment, Behavior change, Adolescent, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0416795
Code Inist : 002B18H05A. Création : 10/04/1997.