Date Approved

5-6-2003

Embargo Period

5-2-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Bullying; Middle school students; Self-esteem in children

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of the study is to investigate the relationship between the amount of bullying a victim endures and levels of self-esteem of those victims. The sample was made up of of 124 students, 68 male and 56 female, attending a large middle school in a middle-class neighborhood in Southern New Jersey. All of the students were seventh (n= 52) and eighth (n= 72) graders enrolled in a Life Skills class in which issues regarding bullying were discussed. The Revised Olweus Bully/Victim Questionnaire was used to assess bullying activity at the school and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale was used to obtain self-esteem ratings. A Kendall's tau-b and Gamma were used to determine the degree of relationship between level of victimization and self-esteem. A significant relationship was not found between being victimized in general and self-esteem. A significant relationship was found between specific types of bullying and self-esteem.

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