ERIC Number: ED465147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-6
Bullying Behavior at the Middle School Level: Are There Gender Differences?
Bulach, Cletus R.; Fulbright, Julie Penland; Williams, Ronnie
This study examines the extent of bullying in an urban middle school and the potential differences in bullying behavior as a result of gender. An instrument consisting of 59 items was administered to all students (N=745) in grades six through eight. Regarding the effect of gender, the results presented overwhelming data supporting the fact that males are more likely to be physically and verbally abused than females. Significant gender differences were also found in the way students perceived each other being treated. Males were more likely to believe that discipline was not administered fairly; that students were not held accountable for their actions; and that they received less respect. Females reported more favorable relationships with teacher and their friends. The instrumentation provides data that could be useful in helping school officials develop an action plan to reduce bullying. (Contains 10 references and 1 table.) (GCP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association Conference (Sarasota, FL, February 27-March 2, 2002).