School Violence in Israel: Findings of a National Survey

Anat Zeira*, Ron Avi Astor, Rami Benbenishty

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The authors report preliminary findings of a national survey on school violence in Israel. The national representative sample was stratified on school type-elementary, middle, and high schools-and ethnicity-Jewish and Arab students. A total of 15,916 students from 603 classes and 232 schools participated in the study, resulting in a 91 percent response rate. Findings revealed high rates of violence in all areas and among all age groups, but relatively higher rates of low-level violent behaviors and lower rates of more severe violent events. The authors report on age-related, gender, and cultural differences and discuss social workers' roles in shaping national policy and professional discourse on school violence.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)471-483
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2003

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
School of Social Work, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel 91905; e-mail: Ron Avi Astor, PhD, is associate professor, Schools of Social Work and Education, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Rami Benbenishty, PhD, is professor, School of Social Work, Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem. The study was funded by a grant from the Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Education. The authors thank the many students, principals, and teachers who participated in this study. Please send correspondence regarding this article to Dr. Anat Zeira.


  • Israel
  • School victimization
  • School violence


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