This study was sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and was a three year project to assess the implementation of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) at 50 middle schools in the Atlanta, Georgia region. The CPTED measure tested focused on attributes of the school physical environment designed to support student perceptions of safety from violence (e.g. bullying, harassment, threats, physical aggression, assault, weapons); and perceptions of a safe school environment. The overall objective of the study was to test the degree to which scores on the CPTED measure of the school environment were associated with self-report measures of perceptions of the safety of their school for a sample of 3,750 students at 50 middle schools. The project was aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mission to reduce overall prevalence of school violence among youth. Products from this study included technical assistance guidelines for schools on CPTED best practices and training materials on using and integrating results from the CPTED assessment form developed by CDC.
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