Understanding the consequences of school violence

With grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, DSG is conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis of the consequences of school violence as part of the Institute’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.


DSG seeks to clearly and comprehensively answer the questions that plague researchers on how school violence affects future student outcomes. To that end, DSG researchers will review, organize, and synthesize previous longitudinal studies of school violence and outcomes.

When thinking about school violence, the tragedies of Columbine, Parkland and Sandy Hook come to the forefront.

And as horrific as these mass shootings on school campuses are they are only part of the picture. Students more often experience other forms of violence, including physical aggression and assault, bullying, teen dating violence, hate crimes, and cyber-aggression. Even the threat of violence is cause for concern.

The consequences of school violence are just as varied, going well beyond the immediate impact. For example, researchers have documented that involvement in and exposure to school violence can lead to violence, aggression, delinquency, and criminality later in life among both perpetrators and victims.

Though heavily studied, past research has often focused on one aspect of school violence (for example, bullying) or a narrow scope of outcomes.

This project will also further the methods of regression coefficient synthesis, a process that is complicated and requires greater methodological advancements. Taken together, this project will contribute greatly to the field of school violence and juvenile justice policy.


For More Information About the School Violence Study

Contact DSG Senior Research Scientist Jennifer Grotpeter at 301.951.0056 or jgrotpeter@dsgonline.com