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Implementation of Tiplines and Reporting Apps for School Safety: A Qualitative Analysis of Parent and School Personnel Perspectives

NCJ Number
304263
Journal
Journal of School Violence Volume: 20 Issue: 3 Dated: 2021 Pages: 336-350
Author(s)
D. L. Espelage; et al
Date Published
2021
Length
15 pages
Annotation

This study, grounded in the theory of diffusion, used a qualitative phenomenological methodology to understand perspectives of parents and school personnel on the implementation of tiplines and/or reporting apps for school safety.

 

Abstract

Barriers and facilitators for the development and successful implementation of Advocatr, a school-based tipline/reporting app were identified. Adult participants were recruited from four U.S. high schools. These participants attended one of three sets of focus groups (parents, staff, and administrators) at two time points (Wave 1: n = 56; Wave 2: n = 55). Results indicated that parents and school staff were primarily concerned about mental health as a school safety issue. Although many thought school tiplines could be useful, they identified improvements that could support its successful development and implementation, such as school-wide training and school climate improvement frameworks. Implications for practice, policy, and future research addressing school safety are discussed. (publisher abstract modified)

 

 

Date Published: January 1, 2021