The No Child Left Behind Act requires state boards of education to identify schools that are unsafe. Schools that are identified by measures such as suspension and expulsion rates are subsequently labeled "persistently dangerous." To our knowledge there is no published research that attempts to characterize fighting behavior among youths who may attend schools designated as persistently dangerous. Two hundred thirteen sixth-grade African American boys and girls attending two urban middle schools on probation for persistently dangerous status were examined to investigate differences in demographic characteristics of gender and age and predictor factors of nonparental adult mentorship (NPAM), parental acceptance of fighting behavior, and peer fighting. These analyses suggest a relationship between being more likely to fight and number of peers who fight, youths who believed their parents endorse fighting, and youths without nonparental adult mentorship. This study also indicates that regardless of school status there are modifiable predictors associated with early adolescent fighting.
- Early adolescence
- Persistently dangerous
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality