Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Date of Award

5-2006

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Wayne Gillespie

Committee Members

John T. Whitehead, Larry S. Miller

Abstract

This research was conducted to investigate the effects of gender, grade level, family relationships, and vicarious victimization on self-esteem and attitudes of bullying. A self-report questionnaire was administered to sixth and seventh graders at a middle school to 436 students of whom 209 were males and 224 were females. Each home base classroom was systematically sampled for a random sample. The survey consisted of several demographic questions as well as questions regarding the previously mentioned variables. The mean age was 11.8 with 80.7% indicating they were white and 19.3% indicating another race. In the overall regression equations, gender and family relationships were significantly related to attitudes of bullying and family relationships was the only variable significant in the self-esteem equation. Several correlations between variables were found to be significant.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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