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A Cross-Cultural Comparison of US and Chinese Students' Perceptions of School Safety

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dc.contributor.advisor Marshall, Seth Gong, Rong 2016-08-15T15:06:27Z 2016-08-15T15:06:27Z 2016-08-15
dc.description.abstract There is currently a lack of international cross-cultural research that compares students’ perception of school safety. To address this, the current study compared US and Chinese high school students’ perception of school safety. Participants (N= 5,377) were recruited from three high schools in China (n= 1,289) and 12 high schools in the US students (n= 4,088). To assess students’ perceptions of school safety, each student was administered the Modified Delaware School Climate Survey-Student (Yang et al., 2013), a measure that includes a school safety subscale among others. For the cross-cultural purposes of this study, the instrument was translated into Mandarin Chinese using a double-back translation method. Using independent t tests, results indicated that Chinese high school students’ perceptions of school safety were significantly higher than US peers. This finding was consistent across grade level and gender. Results are discussed in terms of important cross-cultural outlook dimensions that may account for the school safety perception differences.
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Cross-cultural
dc.subject School Safety
dc.subject Students' perceptions
dc.subject US and China
dc.title A Cross-Cultural Comparison of US and Chinese Students' Perceptions of School Safety
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.committeemember Rust, James
dc.contributor.committeemember Jin, Ying
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject.umi Psychology
dc.subject.umi Education M.A.
dc.contributor.department Psychology

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