Bullying is becoming a salient issue in schools in the Southern United States. School bullying, the most common type of school violence, comprises a spectrum of aggressive behaviors that involve both perpetrators and victims. The purpose of this descriptive qualitative case study was to obtain an understanding of the experiences of adolescents who have been bullied. Data collection consisted of 1-on-1, semi-structured interviews with 8 participants from 12 and 13 years of age. There were no restrictions relative to the participants in terms of gender, race, or ethnicity. The researcher conducted guided interviews and analyzed the interviews for themes that established the adolescents’ perception of bullying. Findings of the study indicate that adolescents experience psychological and emotional traumatic problems, including depression during and after a bullying occurrence. Recommendations to encourage further study in elementary- and middle-school children as well as more qualitative research are indicated.
|Commitee:||Cable, Lynda, Loeber, Rebecca|
|Department:||Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Adolescents, Bullying victims, School bullying, Victimization|
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