Author(s)

Courtney Casey

Date Approved

5-10-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Allen, Terri

Subject(s)

Bullying in schools;Urban schools

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The current study focused on bystander interventions in hypothetical real world and cyber world bullying scenarios. Participants included 87 5th-8th grade students living in an urban community in southern New Jersey. The intervention of bystanders, taking into account their cultural awareness of snitching was explored. The bystanders' relationship with the bully and victim, and the bystanders' method of intervention were examined. An original survey of bullying scenarios was administered to collect data. Results showed the majority of bystander intervention levels as moderate (50.57%) or high (35.63%). The cultural relevance of snitching yielded no significant impact on bystander intervention. Future research should examine a high school population in addition to field settings compared to a survey.

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