Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Criminal Justice

First Committee Member

Melissa Rorie

Second Committee Member

Gillian Pinchevsky

Third Committee Member

Terance Miethe

Fourth Committee Member

Patricia Cook-Craig

Number of Pages



School-based violence is a criminal justice topic that often captures the attention of the media and the public. As a result, measures - such as school security strategies, safety personnel, and teacher training - are put into place to help combat school-based violence. These measures are not only costly and time consuming, but also have inconclusive research findings to support them. However, violence in schools can still be prevented. Research has found support for the role that student reporting has in preventing violence. However, many students may choose not to report violent crimes. Using a modified version of Sykes & Matza’s 1957 Techniques of Neutralization theory, the current study aimed to understand the reasons students have for not reporting violent crime. To do so, I employed a two-step research strategy, analyzing the predictors of neutralizations and analyzing neutralizations as predictors of student reporting behaviors. The findings show some support for predictors of neutralizations, as well as neutralizations as predictors of reporting behaviors. Policy suggestions are provided at the end of the study.


Neutralizations; Reporting; Safety; Schools; Violence


Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice

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3100 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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