Student Perceptions of School Violence: Could it Happen Here?

John Chapin, David Gleason

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This study is the first to document optimistic bias among middle and high school students within the context of school violence. Findings from a survey of 1,508 students indicate that optimistic bias provides a good framework for understanding students 'perceptions of school violence, suggesting a course of action to decrease bias in order to encourage students to take self-protective measures. The study also explores the relative contributions of personal attributes and the media in the creation and preservation of optimistic biases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)360-376
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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