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The sacrifices of civil liberties for security in schools: The correlates of parent's attitudes
by Hendron, Frank E., Ph.D., Capella University, 2016, 132; 10145329
Abstract (Summary)

While there is considerable research on active shooters, civil liberties, and security in school, there is only limited research that focused upon the parent’s perceptions. Parent’s perceptions affect children’s success in learning and influence children’s perceptions on feeling safe in school. The purpose of this study is to use a quantitative correlational study to evaluate the parent’s perceptions as they relate to sacrificing civil liberties for increased school security. A specific focus is upon parents with children in high schools within the United States. The theoretical basis for this study is the decision making theory which assumes rational behavior. The study required the creation, validation, and testing for reliability of the sacrificing civil liberties for security survey instrument. The sampling of 254 parents from throughout the United States was completed utilizing a web-based survey. The results of this study identified a significant relationship between every subscale of sacrificing civil liberties (SCL) and both predictors Trust in Government (TIG) and Right Wing Authoritarianism (RWA). No relationship was found between educational levels and SCL. A relationship with the predictor age was found with the SCL subscales active monitoring and passive monitoring. Finally, a relationship with the predictor gender was found with the SCL subscale active monitoring. These findings indicate that parents are willing to sacrifice some of their children’s civil liberties within certain constraints. Based upon the results of this study, a conclusion can be drawn that parent’s perceptions are influenced by many of the predictors. The largest relationship was with the predictors TIG and RWA. School officials, law enforcement, and government officials can use these results to assess the acceptability of their actions of increased security while carefully limiting the impact upon student’s civil liberties.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Collins, Matthew
Commitee: DeLisi, Matthew, Hawkins, John
School: Capella University
Department: Public Service Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 78/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Criminology, Public policy
Keywords: Active shooter, Civil liberties, Public safety, Right wing authoritarianism, School security, Trust in government
Publication Number: 10145329
ISBN: 978-1-369-00861-6
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