Department

School of Education

Degree

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Chair

Shante Austin

Primary Subject Area

Education, General; Education, Educational Psychology; Education, Administration; Education, Secondary; Psychology, General; Psychology, Social

Keywords

Anti-bullying Programs, Bullying, Causal-Comparative, Prevalence, Rural, Urban

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Psychology | Psychology | School Psychology | Social Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

This study examines the prevalence of bullying in urban and rural schools in Mississippi. Students at eight middle schools completed the Olweus Bully/Victim Questionnaire to identify bullies and bully victims. The results of the study showed that approximately 50% of students in both urban and rural schools were identified as being bullied once or more during the current school term. There was no significant difference in the prevalence of bullying at urban and rural schools based on students who attended the eight middle schools who participated in the study. However, there was a significant difference in the prevalence of bullying at schools that had implemented Bully Prevention programs and schools that had not implement Bully Prevention programs. In addition, the study revealed that there was a significant difference in the prevalence of bullying among gender sets. The results also indicated that even though there was not a significant difference in the prevalence of bullying at urban and rural schools, there was a difference in the type of bullying that was most prevalent at the schools. The study also included suggestions for future research.