Mothers' perceptions of factors influencing violence in schools

J Sch Health. 1999 May;69(5):189-95. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.1999.tb06384.x.


This study investigated mothers' perceptions of factors contributing to school violence. Of 345 mothers, 225 (65%) from urban public schools and 120 (35%) from suburban public schools, significant differences in perceptions of school violence were found on the enabling factors subscale for school location. Urban school mothers were significantly more likely than suburban mothers to attribute violence problems at their child's school to the lack of dress codes, violent messages in rap music, and poor parent/teacher communication. Significant differences in perceptions of school violence were found on the reinforcing factor subscale for school location, income, family structure, and race. Mothers of low- and middle-income, single parents, and African Americans were much more optimistic about the possibility that violence prevention programs for students, parents, and teachers would work well to stop or reduce school violence than were higher-income, married, and White mothers. These mothers also were more likely to believe it was acceptable for their child to fight at school than were their counterparts.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Attitude*
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Schools*
  • Students / psychology
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Violence / prevention & control
  • Violence / psychology
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data*