Practicing school psychologists' perceived role in prevention of school violence

Vincent J. Dean, Matthew K. Burns

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School psychologists have been called upon to take a leadership role in school-violence prevention, but little is known about their involvement in this issue, especially in states where school shootings have occurred. The current study surveyed 258 Michigan school psychologists about their role in prevention of school violence. Analysis suggested respondents felt prepared to address violence prevention but do not have a leadership role and are not sought for advice about prevention. The number of annual special education evaluations was significantly associated with frequency of being sought for advice on violence prevention but was not related to perceptions of leadership or preparedness. Modest relationships were noted between feeling prepared, knowledge of risk factors, and self-perceptions of a leadership role. Suggestions for research are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-250
Number of pages8
JournalPsychological reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes


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