This study used Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) to develop a teacher-friendly model for understanding the relationship between children’s exposure to traumatic events, such as violence exposure, and their school achievement. With a sample of 146 urban elementary (grades 2-5) children, three variables (mental health behaviors, performance-related behaviors, and standardized achievement) were examined. The model suggested that children who are exposed to violence in Year I were more delinquent and ultimately underachieved in reading in Year II. This model should help teachers identify students exposed to violence and address their social and academic needs.
"Using SEM to Develop a Model for Educators of Children Who are Exposed to the Trauma of Violence,"
Mid-Western Educational Researcher: Vol. 17:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/mwer/vol17/iss2/2