Perceptions of the Effect of Dress Code Policies on Education (PA112)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
12:00 PM–12:50 PM

  • PMD: 5,8
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. participants will better understand what the literature suggests regarding the impact of dress code policies.
  2. participants will learn more about the perceptions of school administrators, teachers, parents, and students of dress codes.
  3. participants will reflect and consider the impact of dress code policies on students from culturally diverse backgrounds.


This paper reviews a study examining perceptions of dress codes across students, parents, and school personnel. A survey was conducted with 557 participants. Results were analyzed using a mixed-methods design. These findings suggest dress codes focus on modest dress with special focus on female students. Variability was found in perceptions of dress codes across all stakeholders, but they are not perceived to have an effect on achievement, school safety, or attitudes toward school.

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Angela Mann, PhD, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
Celeste Malone, PhD, Howard University, Washington DC, DC

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