Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Walter L. Burt


School safety is a very important issue for school staff, parents, and students. When school safety is lacking, students suffer in emotional, academic, and social areas. One recent intervention middle schools are examining is the student uniform policy.

In some cases, school uniforms have been shown to have a profound effect on school safety, attendance levels, and student achievement. Other studies, however, have found conflicting results in terms of the real effects of a school uniform policy. Many of the research studies that attempt to investigate school uniform policies suggest that there are other variables involved besides the school uniform policy. This research study examined the influence of a conflict resolution component and its impact on student conduct in public middle schools that had a school uniform policy as compared to public middle schools that had a school uniform policy and no conflict resolution component. Findings in this study suggested there was no statistically significant difference between the two populations.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access