When hurt people hurt people: Examining bullying and homosexuality among college students at a Historically Black College and University campus

Daniel F Upchurch, Tennessee State University

Abstract

Childhood and workplace bullying has been identified by many scholars; however, bullying in higher education has not been well researched and has even been overlooked. This study examined the existence and occurrence of bullying and cyberbullying on a Historically Black College and University campus. The study examined the frequencies of homophobic students bullied compared to non-homophobic students bullied, and whether homophobic students bully other students more often than less-homophobic students. Furthermore, this study examined students' levels of homophobia using a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) workshop and homophobia scale. Four instruments were used for this study: Homophobia Questionnaire, Cyberbullying and Online Aggression Survey, School Climate Bullying Survey, and a LGBT workshop. The study employed a posttest only control design. The purpose of the posttest only control design was to examine the effectiveness of the workshop on the treatment group. The three major hypotheses forecast that students who scored higher and lower on the homophobic questionnaires' frequency of being bullied would not differ; students attending the workshop would score lower on the homophobic questionnaire than those who did not attend the workshop; and students who scored higher on the homophobic questionnaire bully other students on campus significantly more often than low scoring students.^

Subject Area

Black Studies|Psychology, Social|GLBT Studies

Recommended Citation

Daniel F Upchurch, "When hurt people hurt people: Examining bullying and homosexuality among college students at a Historically Black College and University campus" (2014). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3623044.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3623044

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