A system approach to creating a safe environment in an educational institution

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Abstract

We discuss the problem of creating a secure environment in an educational institution. We emphasize the need for a system approach to the problem. In solving this issue, it is proposed to consider providing help not only for the children who find themselves in the middle of events, but also to other people who may not come into close contact with the traumatic event. We introduce the concept of vulnerability network and support network. We consider a multi-channel model of coping with stress, allowing to select the best ways to help each injured. On an example, we consider organization of assistance to those affected by the emergent situation. We emphasize the need for preventive instruction of the school community to act in an emergent situation.

General Information

Keywords: safety of the educational environment, emergency, stress, ways of coping with stress, the multivariate model of coping, vulnerability network, support network, prevention of traumatic stress.

Journal rubric: Safety of the Educational Environment

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Moshinskaya L.R., Shaham Y. A system approach to creating a safe environment in an educational institution. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2013. Vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 29–36. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

L. R. Moshinskaya, Psychologist, Municipal psychological service of Haifa and the Haifa District, Israel

Yehuda Shaham, PhD, Senior Psychologist, The Israeli Center for Prevention of stress in the population, Haifa, Israel

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