Author(s)

Danisha Moodie

Date Approved

9-29-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Bullying in schools

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

Actions to improve student's socio-emotional success in public education by attempting to identify, and eliminate bullying behaviors within educational institution are a key focus for many educators. Harassment, intimidation and bullying behaviors (HIB) are recognized as a solemn issue across the nation. According to the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, public schools are required to report (HIB) incidents to the New Jersey Department of Education. Moreover, coupled with the mandated guidelines of this new legislation many public schools within New Jersey have also adopted positive behavior interventions. This may help in identifying at-risk students who may require a greater level of interventions. The purpose of this study is to analyze the characteristics of the (HIB) incident reports in order to illuminate trends within the data. The trends located within this data may highlight characteristics at risk students may share in peer aggression as a prelude to how to properly identify Tier-II at risk students. In this study 566 school districts belonging to twenty-one counties of New Jersey were analyzed.

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