Assessing teachers' perceptions for school-based aggression prevention programs: Applying a cognitive-ecological framework
Article first published online: 10 FEB 2006
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Psychology in the Schools
Volume 43, Issue 3, pages 331–344, March 2006
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Boxer, P., Musher-Eizenman, D., Dubow, E. F., Danner, S. and Heretick, D. M.L. (2006), Assessing teachers' perceptions for school-based aggression prevention programs: Applying a cognitive-ecological framework. Psychol. Schs., 43: 331–344. doi: 10.1002/pits.20144
- Issue published online: 10 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 10 FEB 2006
This article describes qualitative and quantitative assessment based on responses of 221 teachers from nine elementary schools in two districts (urban and suburban) to inform plans for reducing and preventing student aggression. Teachers' perceptions of students' aggressive behavior and beliefs were validated against students' self-reports and archival disciplinary data. Using a brief survey, we found district- and grade-level differences in teachers' perceptions of students' aggressive behavior and aggression supporting cognitions. Teacher reports on these two constructs each uniquely predicted teacher perceptions of the degree to which student aggression interferes with their jobs. Focus-group interviews with teachers were used to elaborate on individual-cognitive and ecological school factors related to student aggression, including procedures for handling aggression. The importance of teacher reports is highlighted, and implications for school program development are considered. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Psychol Schs 43: 331–344, 2006.