Advisor

O'Halloran, Mary S

Committee Member

Gonzalez, David M

Committee Member

Hanna, Fred J

Committee Member

Omdal, Stuart N

Department

Applied Psychology & Counselor Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

8-1-2011

Genre

Thesis

Extent

331 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

This qualitative study compared the perceptions of self-identified victims and school authority figures in regards to adolescent relational aggression among female middle school students. Six significant aspects of this issue were explored, including causal conditions; contextual factors; definitions and descriptions of relationally aggressive interactions; intervening conditions, such as recognition of the victims and their decision to report; intervention and prevention strategies within the school setting; and the negative consequences of relational aggression upon the victims. The data were developed into a grounded theory with the purpose of discovering effective aspects of anti-bullying intervention and prevention programs in U.S. schools. Findings included obstacles in reporting, ways victims preferred to be approached by educators, and foundational aspects of intervention based on student and educator experiences with bullying, including victim empowerment. The implications for schools in applying these findings were described, including a significant shift from a punishment-based approach to a learning-based approach in resolving peer bullying situations.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Local Identifiers

WirtaLeiker_unco_0161D_10090

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by author.

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