School Bullying: Research and Reports

Research & Reports

Maine’s Best Practices in Bullying and Harassment Prevention A Guide for Schools and Communities (2006)
Maine Governor’s Children’s Cabinet

Bullying and the Gifted: Victims, Perpetrators, Prevalence, and Effects (2006)
Jean Sunde Peterson and Karen E. Ray,
Purdue University
"Gifted eighth graders (N = 432) in 11 U.S. states participated in a retrospective national study that explored the prevalence and effects of being bullied and being a bully during kindergarten through grade 8. No significant differences were found related to size of city, race/ethnicity, and geographical region in terms of either being bullied or being a bully. Sixty seven percent of all participants had experienced at least 1 of 13 kinds of bullying listed on the survey, more in grade 6 than in other grades, and 11% had experienced repeated bullying. Name-calling and teasing about appearance were the most common kinds of bullying, and the latter was among several kinds of bullying significantly related to emotional impact. In grade 8, 16% were bullies, and 29% had violent thoughts. At all grade levels, a larger percentage of males than females were bullied, were bullied more than 10 times, and were bullies."

Cyber Bully Pre-Teen Survey (2006)
Prepared for the Fight Crime: Invest In Kids 
"This report presents the findings of a telephone survey conducted among a national sample of 503 PRE-TEENS comprising 252 males and 251 females 6 to 11 years of age, living in private households in the continental United States."

Cyber Bully Teen Survey (2006)
Prepared for the Fight Crime: Invest In Kids 
"This report presents the findings of a telephone survey conducted among a national sample of 512 teens comprising 253 males and 259 females 12 to 17 years of age, living in private households in the continental United States. Interviewing for this TEEN CARAVAN® Survey was completed during the period July 6-9, 2006."


From Teasing to Torment: School Climate in American A Survey of Students and Teachers (2005)
Conducted for Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
" This survey is based on online surveys completed by a nationally representative sample of 3450 students aged 13-18 and 1011 secondary school teachers. The survey is intended to explore teens’ and secondary school teachers’ experiences with and attitudes towards school harassment. Topics covered in the survey include frequency of harassment and bullying, exposure to offensive language and personal experiences with harassment at their school."


Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2004
National Center for Education Statistics
“For youth to fulfill their potential in school, schools should be safe and secure places for all students, teachers and staff members. Without a safe learning environment, teachers may have difficulty teaching and students may have difficulty learning. Gauging the safety of the school environment, however, may be difficult given the large amount of attention devoted to isolated incidents of extreme school violence nationwide.”


Tackling the Schoolyard Bully: Combining Policy Making with Prevention (July 2003)
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
By Finessa Ferrell-Smith
“As the safety of U.S. schools has become an important public policy issue, interest in the problem of school bullying has intensified. New research indicates that this type of adolescent victimization occurs frequently, particularly in middle school grades, and can result in serious consequences for both bully and victim. In 2002, a report released by the U.S. Secret Service concluded that bullying played a significant role in many school shootings and that efforts should be made to eliminate bullying behavior.”

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