Journal Article

Urban Youths' Views of Violence in Their Communities: Implications for Schools

Carolyn B. Pryor, Rosemary C. Sarri, Marti Bombyk and Lidija Nikolovska

in Children & Schools

Published on behalf of National Association of Social Workers

Volume 21, issue 2, pages 72-87
Published in print April 1999 | ISSN: 1532-8759
Published online April 1999 | e-ISSN: 1545-682X | DOI:
Urban Youths' Views of Violence in Their Communities: Implications for Schools

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This report on a study of youth participation in urban communities examines the views of violence and attitudes about schools and education of 350 youths from representative ethnic and socioeconomic groups. The data were obtained through a survey and focus groups. Results between groups on several items measuring views about violence were statistically significant. In the focus groups, youths described schools as both a part of the problem and a source of solutions, and many described personal experiences with violence. A youth summit brought youths and adults together to discuss policy implications of the study. Youths called on educators to work with them to address problems that contribute to violence. School social workers can help youths to be heard, to cope with violence-related trauma, and to work with school and community leaders to effect needed change.

Keywords: community; diversity; schools; violence; youths

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Subjects: Schools Studies

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