Author(s)

John Kowalcyk

Date Approved

9-11-2012

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--Law and legislation--New Jersey;School psychologists--New Jersey

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

Current school psychologists in New Jersey were contacted in order to determine the attitudes, roles, and approaches of different school psychologists in relation to the new HIB (Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying) legislation for all New Jersey Public Schools. This study gauged school psychologists' level of involvement in implementing the new legislation and their overall roles with regard to maintaining a safe and positive school climate. The survey, which was sent via email to school psychologists across the state, asked questions about their perceived roles in schools, the time they spent on various obligations during the workday, their involvement with the implementation of the HIB legislation in their schools, and their interactions with other staff members, students, or parents regarding the HIB legislation. Overall, the findings suggest that the majority of New Jersey school psychologists were involved with the implementation of the HIB legislation at some level. The findings suggest that time limitations and pressures from administration are playing a part in guiding the school psychologist's perspective of his or her role with regard to HIB legislation. Ultimately, it seems as though these outside factors and the widening role of the school psychologist have impacted their abilities to be fully involved with legislation such as the HIB policy. As a result, the vital skill set that school psychologists bring to the school setting is perhaps not being utilized to its fullest potential because of time restrictions and other mediating factors.

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