Abstract

Background: School violence is a worldwide public health issue with negative effects on education. Official statistics and reports do not include daily occurrences of violent behavior that may precede severe incidents.

Objectives: This project aimed to engage school community members in the development, validation, and implementation of an observation instrument to identify characteristics of school violence in two Puerto Rican schools.

Methods: The role of school community members in all phases of the research is described.

Results: The input of community partners contributed to enrich the process by providing insight into the problem studied and a more informed framework for interpreting results.

Conclusions: Taking into account distinctive features of each particular school made results meaningful to the school community and fostered a sense of empowerment of community members as they recognized their knowledge is essential to the solution of their problems.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1557-055X
Print ISSN
1557-0541
Pages
pp. 251-258
Launched on MUSE
2016-06-23
Open Access
No
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