Impact of Prosocial Behavioral Involvement on School Violence Victimization Among African American Middle School and High School Students
Keywords:African American Youth, In-school bullying, Prosocial Behaviors, Violence Victimization
Introduction: The purpose of this study was to examine factors associated with school violence
victimization among African American youth. Methods: African American students in 7th through 12th
grade (n=7,488) in schools within one Metropolitan area completed the Pride National Drug Survey.
Results: Chi Square analyses revealed that school violence victimization signi cantly diff ered based on
grade. Logistic regression analyses indicated that prosocial behavior involvement (i.e., do you make good
grades; do you take part in school sports teams; do you take part in school activities; do you take part in
community activities; do you attend church or synagogue, etc.) did not signi cantly impact school violence
victimization. Discussion: Findings should be considered by health educators and prevention specialists
when developing programs and eff orts to prevent school violence victimization among African American
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