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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2012
NCES 2013-036
2013


Table 13.1.

Percentage of students in grades 9–12 who reported having been in a physical fight at least one time during the previous 12 months, by location and selected student characteristics: Various years, 1993–2011


Student characteristic Anywhere   On school property
1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011   1993 1995 1997 1999   2001 2003 2005 2007   2009   2011  
                                                   
Total 41.8 38.7 36.6 35.7 33.2 33.0 35.9 35.5 31.5 32.8   16.2 15.5 14.8 14.2   12.5 12.8 13.6 12.4   11.1   12.0  
                                                   
Sex                                                  
Male 51.2 46.1 45.5 44.0 43.1 40.5 43.4 44.4 39.3 40.7   23.5 21.0 20.0 18.5   18.0 17.1 18.2 16.3   15.1   16.0  
Female 31.7 30.6 26.0 27.3 23.9 25.1 28.1 26.5 22.9 24.4   8.6 9.5 8.6 9.8   7.2 8.0 8.8 8.5   6.7   7.8  
                                                   
Race/ethnicity1                                                  
White 40.3 36.0 33.7 33.1 32.2 30.5 33.1 31.7 27.8 29.4   15.0 12.9 13.3 12.3   11.2 10.0 11.6 10.2   8.6   9.9  
Black 49.5 41.6 43.0 41.4 36.5 39.7 43.1 44.7 41.1 39.1   22.0 20.3 20.7 18.7   16.8 17.1 16.9 17.6   17.4   16.4  
Hispanic 43.2 47.9 40.7 39.9 35.8 36.1 41.0 40.4 36.2 36.8   17.9 21.1 19.0 15.7   14.1 16.7 18.3 15.5   13.5   14.4  
Asian 22.7 22.3 25.9 21.6 24.3 18.9 18.4   10.4   10.8 13.1 5.9 8.5   7.7   6.2  
American Indian/
Alaska Native
49.8 47.2 54.7 48.7 49.2 46.6 44.2 36.0 42.4 42.4   18.6 31.4 18.9 16.2 ! 18.2 24.2 22.0 15.0   20.7   12.0  
Pacific Islander/
Native Hawaiian2
50.7 51.7 30.0 34.4 42.6 32.6 43.0   25.3   29.1 22.2 24.5 9.6 ! 14.8   20.9  
Two or more races2 40.2 39.6 38.2 46.9 47.8 34.2 45.0   16.9   14.7 20.2 15.8 19.6   12.4   16.6  
                                                   
Grade                                                  
9th 50.4 47.3 44.8 41.1 39.5 38.6 43.5 40.9 37.0 37.7   23.1 21.6 21.3 18.6   17.3 18.0 18.9 17.0   14.9   16.2  
10th 42.2 40.4 40.2 37.7 34.7 33.5 36.6 36.2 33.5 35.3   17.2 16.5 17.0 17.2   13.5 12.8 14.4 11.7   12.1   12.8  
11th 40.5 36.9 34.2 31.3 29.1 30.9 31.6 34.8 28.6 29.7   13.8 13.6 12.5 10.8   9.4 10.4 10.4 11.0   9.5   9.2  
12th 34.8 31.0 28.8 30.4 26.5 26.5 29.1 28.0 24.9 26.9   11.4 10.6 9.5 8.1   7.5 7.3 8.5 8.6   6.6   8.8  
                                                   
Urbanicity3                                                  
Urban 38.2 37.0 36.8 35.5   15.8 14.4   14.8 14.8      
Suburban 36.7 35.0 31.3 33.1   14.2 13.7   11.0 12.8      
Rural 32.9 36.6 33.8 29.7   14.7 16.3   13.8 10.0      
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
1 Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
2 The response categories for race/ethnicity changed in 1999, making comparisons of some categories with categories of earlier years problematic. In 1993, 1995, and 1997, Asian students and Pacific Islander students were not categorized separately, and students were not given the option of choosing two or more races.
3 Refers to the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) status of the respondent's household as defined in 2000 by the U.S. Census Bureau. Categories include "central city of an MSA (Urban)," "in MSA but not in central city (Suburban)," and "not MSA (Rural)."
NOTE: The term "anywhere" is not used in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) questionnaire; students are simply asked how many times in the last 12 months they had been in a physical fight. In the question that asks students about physical fights at school, "on school property" was not defined for survey respondents.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), various years, 1993–2011.
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