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Lincoln Memorial University Journal of Social Sciences

Abstract

School violence is a common occurrence in American high schools. Victims of school violence are more likely than others to become depressed, skip school, and commit suicide. In addition, intimidation, threats, sexual harassment, prejudice, gossip, and ridicule are serious threats to successful education. Overall, about 33% of students are bullied at school by other students, and bullying leads to fights. Because Democrats and Republicans support two different types of social learning environments that will modify the behaviors of residents within their respective jurisdictions, and because public safety is an important social issue, it is important to know if there is a difference between Democrat and Republican jurisdictions and aggressive behaviors of high school students. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine if there is a difference between Democrat and Republican states in the percentage of male high school students who physically fight on campus. This study examined electronic second-hand data collected in 2013, 2015, and 2017 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data were collected via the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) using a three-stage cluster sample design, which produced a nationally representative sample of students in grades 9-12 who attended public and private schools. The results of the logistic regression for repeated measures indicate that there is no statistically significant relationship between male high school students who physically fight on campus and political party.

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