Evaluation of bully victimization of elementary students as measured by the Reynolds Bully Victimization Scales for Schools

Brian Boehman, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This study looked at bullying and victimization among elementary students, as measured by the Reynolds Bully Victimization Scales for Schools (RBVSS), of one-hundred seventeen 5th and 6th grade students at four different school locations of the Warren County Schools located at Bowling Green, Kentucky. The study identified and evaluated the existing discrete differences between male and female elementary students and to demonstrate a scale to aid in the identification of bullies and victims among elementary students in the schools. Research questions addressed differences between male and female elementary students in regards to bullying, distress related to bullying, and anxiety related to the safety of school environments. Specifically, this study sought to provide insight about differences between male and female elementary students' scores on the RBVSS. The results show a significant difference in bullying and distress related to bullying in males and females. There was no difference in anxiety related to school safety. With this data psychologists and educators may be able to identify those children and adolescents who are at-risk for school violence as well as those who perpetrate such violence. The data provided assessment and evaluation of schools as safe environments and the evaluation of the efficacy of school violence prevention and intervention programs. ^

Subject Area

Education, Educational Psychology

Recommended Citation

Brian Boehman, "Evaluation of bully victimization of elementary students as measured by the Reynolds Bully Victimization Scales for Schools" (2005). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3167771.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3167771

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