Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald


Bullying in schools--United States; Middle school students--United States; Teenage girls--Education--United States


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


This study was designed to evaluate the degree of bullying in the middle grades and to design an effective anti-bullying program using the input of the female students. The participants were selected on a volunteer basis from a pool of 7th and 8th grade female students. In addition to two surveys, that were designed to evaluate the extent of bullying in the school and the knowledge that the students gained from the study, the students participated in several small group meetings where they discussed the topic of bullying and ways to eliminate it. Students demonstrated an increased knowledge on the topic of bullying by adding the term relational or covert aggression to their understanding. A program that continues a small group discussion to remove the problem of bullying among this age group was formulated. A discussion on how to proceed with this program and its lasting effects is discussed.