Although the problems associated with gangs in schools are widespread, there has been little research examining school‐level interventions that might mitigate these problems. This study examines whether school uniform policies, dress code policies, and the presence of gang prevention programs are associated with reductions in problems linked to gang presence in schools (i.e., fighting, drug availability, and feelings of safety), and whether any reductions can be explained by an attendant reduction in gang activity in the school. The data from this study come from a nationally representative cross‐sectional sample of tenth grade students and school administrators. Using a series of path analysis models, the findings indicate that school uniforms in particular may be a useful way to reduce both gang activity and negative outcomes associated with gangs. Similar findings were not present for dress code policies or gang prevention programs. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Preventing gang-related problems in schools: The role of school policy
Year of Publication:2018
Editor/s:In H. Shapiro (Ed.), The handbook of violence in education
Publisher:New Jersey: Wiley
(2018). Preventing gang-related problems in schools: The role of school policy. In H. Shapiro (Ed.), The handbook of violence in education, (pp. 27-248). New Jersey: Wiley.