Author(s)

Paige Pfeiffer

Date Approved

9-17-2013

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

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the differences in opinions between students and the staff (teachers, non-certified support staff and certified support staff) in a suburban middle school with regard to bullying. The researcher summarized data from a survey administered to 671 participants within the school setting. The researcher analyzed which questions were relevant to the hypothesis, twelve questions were scored and the scores of students were then compared using a t-test to those of teachers, non-certified support staff and certified support staff. Overall, significant differences were noted between student and staff perceptions of bullying, and scores of the students tended to generally be more negative than those of the staff. Future research and limitations based on this study are discussed.

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