Vanderbilt’s MNPS Youth Safety and Well-being study releases early findings


Maury Nation (John Russell/Vanderbilt)

Metro Nashville Public School students who feel unsafe in their neighborhoods are more likely to face transportation challenges and have fewer opportunities to access community resources and supervised activities, according to early findings from a Vanderbilt University research project.

The data also show that as students age they are less likely to report having a positive relationship with an adult outside of school or home.

The Nashville Longitudinal Study of Youth Safety and Well-being is led by Maury Nation, professor of human and organizational development (HOD), at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development.

He is a national expert on violence and bullying prevention among school-age children.

The project is a five-year research collaboration with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Oasis Center and the Mayor’s Office

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