UNR says school uniforms raise self-esteem, curb gang involvement

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Updated: 4/23/2013 7:06 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Two researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno College of Education studied opinions of students in three middle schools in the Washoe County School District in northern Nevada during the first-year implementation of a uniform policy at the schools.

The researches say, although 90 percent of the students indicated they did not like wearing uniforms, various benefits to wearing uniforms were reported, including decreases in discipline, gang involvement and bullying; and increases in safety, ease of going to school, confidence and self-esteem.

They also examined data on discipline referrals and school police reports before and after the uniform policy was put in place at one of the schools. Females perceived or experienced more benefits than males. Based on grade level, more seventh-graders than eighth-graders reported agreement with statements about the benefits of wearing school uniforms. Results also revealed that Latino students perceived more benefits from uniforms than Caucasian students perceived.

Students’ top-rated statements with responses of “Agree” and “Strongly Agree” were: I still have my identity when I wear a uniform (54 percent); My family likes that I wear a uniform to school (53 percent); I think uniforms save money on clothes (50 percent); I worry less about how others look (42 percent); and, There is less gang activity at school (41 percent).

At Sparks Middle School, discipline and school police records were also studied. Compared to the year prior, discipline referrals were reduced by about 10 percent the first year the uniform policy was implemented. Additionally, school police data showed a 63 percent reduction in police log reports during the first year of implementation. Other decreases were noted in reports of gang-related activities and student fights, along with graffiti, property damage, battery and administrative assists.

Since the uniform policy was implemented at Sparks Middle School in 2008-2009, and at the other two schools in 2009-2010, many other Washoe County School District middle schools have implemented a uniform policy, and the district is looking at the possibility of a comprehensive school uniform policy that will establish guidelines for schools interested in school uniforms.

The researchers emphasized that the school uniform implementations were a collaborative and informative effort among school staff, district administrators and parents.

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bandit73 - 4/24/2013 7:30 AM
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"...although 90 percent of the students indicated they did not like wearing uniforms..." The fact that 90% of students oppose uniforms is all we need to know to abolish uniforms. Aren't schools supposed to serve students?

tonysam - 4/23/2013 7:16 PM
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The names of the researchers are found at this link: http://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2013/school-uniform-study Fortunately they don't include a doctoral student who was demoted from principal from one of the middle schools mentioned in the study.

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