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dc.contributor.advisorReardon, Robert F.
dc.contributor.authorHollis, Michael J. ( )
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-30T20:31:06Z
dc.date.available2013-05-30T20:31:06Z
dc.date.issued2010-12
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4611
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to explore areas of research in regards to how students learn about violent crime on university campuses and what level of awareness they hold regarding their personal safety. A combination of databases was used to measure reported rates of violent crime on campus and in the community and these were compared with students' self-perceptions of safety and personal exposure to violence through an online survey distributed to 7,000 students at eight diverse universities throughout the United States. The survey determined that students were more aware of their personal safety than most researchers were giving them credit for. The students were largely dependent upon and trusting in their university to provide them with the information they needed to keep them safe. The university's internal and external communications messages (emails and news media coverage) were a large factor in determining how safe a student felt. Overall, there were few differences in perceptions of safety from demographics (except year of schooling). There was however strong consistencies in perceptions of universities per university, suggesting that the university itself is actually the greatest factor determining students' self-perceptions of safety and that the university's safety perception was largely determined by through media coverage. The university proved such a strong factor that it even outweighed a students' personal experience with violence as a key factor in how safe a student felt. I believe that this exploratory study now indicates that future research in the field should focus on universities' safety images and whether or not this is making students feel artificially safe or unsafe as a result.en_US
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dc.format.extent153 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectEducationen_US
dc.subjectUniversityen_US
dc.subjectCampus Safetyen_US
dc.subjectPerceptionsen_US
dc.subjectViolenceen_US
dc.subject.lcshCampus violence--United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshCampus violence--United States--Preventionen_US
dc.subject.lcshCollege students--Crimes against--United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshUniversities and colleges--United States--Safety measuresen_US
dc.subject.lcshUniversities and colleges--Security measures--United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshFear of crimeen_US
dc.titleAn Exploratory Analysis of University Safety Through an Examination of Students' Self-Perceptions of Campus and Community Violence Levels and Student Learning Influencesen_US
txstate.documenttypeDissertation
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFurney, Steven
dc.contributor.committeeMemberStephenson, Sandria
dc.contributor.committeeMemberStone, William
thesis.degree.departmentCounseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology
thesis.degree.disciplineEducation
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
txstate.departmentCounseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology


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