School counselors’ perceptions of school shooting causes and protocols.

Janet Hicks, Stacy Carter, Stephan Berry, Nicole Noble, L Winkelman, L Bonner

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In order to ascertain school counselors’ beliefs regarding the causes of and strategies for preventing school shootings, 50 school counselors participated in a qualitative survey. The survey used Content Analysis to organize and analyze the school counselors’ responses into themes that represented their beliefs about school shootings. Overwhelmingly, the school counselors supported the provision of counseling services as a means to prevent school shootings and also supported some school security measures, as well as educational interventions targeting relationship building. The relevance of these findings are discussed in relation to current research and position statements on the causes and prevention of school shootings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-180
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Counseling
StatePublished - Nov 30 2020


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