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Study Report

Study Number: QD-012-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1976

Subject Area: Education Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Safe school study, 1976-1977.  [machine-readable data file] / National Institute of Education  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7662

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 2 volumes hard copy (vols. II and III); see article file for vol. I: brief executive report.

Abstract: The Safe School Study was mandated by the United States Congress under Public Law 93-380 (Section 825) in response to growing public concern regarding incidents of violence and vandalism occurring in the nation's schools. The objectives of this study were to determine the frequency and seriousness of crime in elementary and secondary schools in the United States, the number and location of schools affected by crime, the cost of replacement or repair of objects damaged by school crime, and possible methods of prevention. The legislation specified that the study was to be conducted by the National Institute of Education (NIE). The study was designed by NIE in three phases. In Phase I, a mail survey, asked more than 4,000 elementary and secondary school principals to report in detail on the incidence of illegal or disruptive activities in their schools. Nine 1-month reporting periods between February 1976 and January 1977--excluding summer months--were assigned to participating schools on a random basis. In Phase II, field representatives conducted on-site surveys of a nationally representative cluster sample of 642 junior and senior high schools. Phase III involved a more intensive qualitative study of 10 schools. Most of the Phase III schools had had a history of problems with crime and violence, but had improved dramatically in a short time. Some crimes explored in the study are vandalism, theft, personal violence, and verbal abuse. The place of occurrence and characteristics of the offender are also examined. Data were obtained from a total of 31,373 students, 23,895 teachers, and 15,894 principals. The entire study consists of 51 files, some containing data records and others machine-readable documentation. The files exist on two reels of tape at 1600 b.p.i. In addition to the tape are three volumes of printed documentation. Data collection was conducted by the Research Triangle Institute and computer work was supervised by Sheldon Laube of C.M. Leinwand Associates.

SUBJECT TERMS: crime. high school students. high schools. juvenile delinquency. schools. teachers. violence. United States.


United States Department of Hehalth, Education and Welfare. Violent Schools-Safe Schools: The Safe School Study Report to the Congress, Volume 1, Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, January 1978. Safe School Study, Volume 2, Methodology, Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, December 1977. Safe School Study, Volume 3, Data Files Documentation, Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, February 1978.

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