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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158902
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Students feeling unsafe at school: Fifth graders experiences
Abstract:
Students feeling unsafe at school: Fifth graders experiences
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2010
Author:Riesch, Susan, PhD RN FAAN
P.I. Institution Name:UW-Madison
Title:Nursing
Contact Address:600 Highland Ave, Madison, WI, 53792, USA
Contact Telephone:608-263-5169
Co-Authors:S.K. Riesch, B. Myers Temkin, K.M. Kedrowski, Nursing, UW-Madison, Madison, WI; G. Jacobson, Nursing, St. Xavier, Chicago, IL; N. Giustino, Midwest Heart Foundation, Midwest Heart Foundation, Chicago, IL;
Background: Children of grade school age provide compelling evidence that many do not feel safe in their schools. The purpose of this study was to examine how children articulate their experiences of feeling unsafe in school. The questions guiding the study were: What percentage of children in this sample report feeling unsafe at school? What are the sequelae of feeling unsafe as reported by the children? How do children describe the events that make them feel unsafe? Methods: Participants included 243 fifth grade students who, as part of their participation in a larger study examining parent child communication and health risk behaviors, were asked, "Do you ever feel unsafe at school?" When participants responded affirmatively, they were probed to further describe what made them feel unsafe. Results: Fifty seven (23%) participants indicated they sometimes or always felt unsafe at school. The majority spoke of teasing, bullying, or other threats that typically occurred when adults were not present. Most the participants did not report sequelae to feeling unsafe though nearly a third reported being stressed and almost half felt slight to great risk because of feeling unsafe. Coding of the verbal responses revealed six themes: (a) direct teasing, threats , and bullying; (b) non-academic school stressors; (c) academic stressors; (d) environmental stressors; (e) recalling events that occurred in earlier school grades, and (f) vagueness. Conclusions: The prevalence of fifth grade participants feeling unsafe in school, with many reporting being directly teased, bullied, or threatened, has implications for schools, neighborhoods, and larger communities. The related potential for children's increased involvement in health risk behaviors and the long-term psychosocial risks of bullying behaviors merits immediate and thoughtfully-planned action.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleStudents feeling unsafe at school: Fifth graders experiencesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158902-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Students feeling unsafe at school: Fifth graders experiences</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Riesch, Susan, PhD RN FAAN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">UW-Madison</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">600 Highland Ave, Madison, WI, 53792, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">608-263-5169</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">skriesch@wisc.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">S.K. Riesch, B. Myers Temkin, K.M. Kedrowski, Nursing, UW-Madison, Madison, WI; G. Jacobson, Nursing, St. Xavier, Chicago, IL; N. Giustino, Midwest Heart Foundation, Midwest Heart Foundation, Chicago, IL;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Background: Children of grade school age provide compelling evidence that many do not feel safe in their schools. The purpose of this study was to examine how children articulate their experiences of feeling unsafe in school. The questions guiding the study were: What percentage of children in this sample report feeling unsafe at school? What are the sequelae of feeling unsafe as reported by the children? How do children describe the events that make them feel unsafe? Methods: Participants included 243 fifth grade students who, as part of their participation in a larger study examining parent child communication and health risk behaviors, were asked, &quot;Do you ever feel unsafe at school?&quot; When participants responded affirmatively, they were probed to further describe what made them feel unsafe. Results: Fifty seven (23%) participants indicated they sometimes or always felt unsafe at school. The majority spoke of teasing, bullying, or other threats that typically occurred when adults were not present. Most the participants did not report sequelae to feeling unsafe though nearly a third reported being stressed and almost half felt slight to great risk because of feeling unsafe. Coding of the verbal responses revealed six themes: (a) direct teasing, threats , and bullying; (b) non-academic school stressors; (c) academic stressors; (d) environmental stressors; (e) recalling events that occurred in earlier school grades, and (f) vagueness. Conclusions: The prevalence of fifth grade participants feeling unsafe in school, with many reporting being directly teased, bullied, or threatened, has implications for schools, neighborhoods, and larger communities. The related potential for children's increased involvement in health risk behaviors and the long-term psychosocial risks of bullying behaviors merits immediate and thoughtfully-planned action.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:30:31Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:30:31Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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