School Violence: Assessment, Management, Prevention by Mohammad Shafii, Sharon Lee Shafii

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New York, Putnam, 1996 Heide KM: Young Killers: The Challenge of Juvenile Homicide. Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage, 1998 Lane R: Murder in America: A History. Columbus, Ohio State University Press, 1997 Metaksa TK: Attacking gangs not civil rights. 1997. Available at http://www. html, 1997. Accessed November 1998 Nisbett RE, Cohen D: Culture of Honor: The Psychology of Violence in the South. Boulder, CO, Westview Press, 1996 24 SCHOOL VIOLENCE Norton RD: Adolescent suicide: risk factors and countermeasures.

S. S. Federal Bureau of Investigation: 1996 Uniform Crime Report. S. Department of Justice, 1997 Wilson WJ: The Ghetto Underclass: Social Science Perspectives. Newbury Park, CA, Sage, 1993 Zagar R, Arbit J, Sylvies R, et al: Homicidal adolescents: a replication. Psychol Rep 67:1235–1242, 1991 2 School Violence and the School Environment LOIS T. D. V iolence in urban school systems has been a focus of concern for at least the past two decades. The view that this problem is limited to large innercity schools has been challenged by recent school shootings in predominantly well-to-do American suburbs.

Additional characteristics of smaller schools are better attendance, lower dropout rates, more participation in co-curricular activities, more positive attitudes toward school, and an increased sense of belonging. The average school size in the United States has increased greatly over the past several decades. From 1940 to 1990, there was a 70% decrease in the total number of United States public schools with kindergarten through grade 12. During the same period, the population in the United States rose 70%.

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