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ERIC Number: EJ1129233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
The Relations between Teasing and Bullying and Middle School Standardized Exam Performance
Lacey, Anna; Cornell, Dewey; Konold, Timothy
Journal of Early Adolescence, v37 n2 p192-221 Feb 2017
This study examined the relations between the schoolwide prevalence of teasing and bullying (PTB) and schoolwide academic performance in a sample of 271 Virginia middle schools. In addition, the study examined the mediating effects of student engagement. A three-step sequence of path models investigated associations between schoolwide PTB and state-mandated Standards of Learning test pass rates, with effects examined both directly and indirectly through student engagement while controlling for important school-level characteristics. Separate models were examined for two 7th-grade and four 8th-grade tests. Results indicated that higher levels of both teacher and student perceptions of schoolwide teasing and bullying were significantly associated with lower achievement pass rates and student engagement. The relationship between perceptions of schoolwide teasing and bullying and achievement was partially mediated by student engagement. These findings bring new support for the need for schoolwide interventions to reduce teasing and bullying among middle school students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 7; Elementary Education; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
Grant or Contract Numbers: 2012JFFX0062