Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Lois Bosch

Second Advisor

Dr. Laura Boisen

Third Advisor

Richard Spratt, MSW


The purpose of this study was to examine the impact that bullying has had on 5th at one suburban school. Using a self-administered survey on a population of 55 students (n = 55), approximately 17% of students report being the victim of a bully and nearly 8% report bullying others. Over 7 percent of subjects reported missing a day of school or avoiding other parts of the school for fear of encountering a bully. In addition, victimized students reported substantially more fear in the school environment than non-victimized students. This study suggests that a substantial proportion of students in our schools are affected by bullies and bullying behavior. It also suggests that specific policies and interventions be implemented to reduce the amount of exposure our children have to this sort of trauma.


SC 11.MSW.2004.Schoeber.JA

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