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Michelle Bass, PSY 495: Special Project
Faculty Mentor: Professor Kimberly Kamper-DeMarco, Psychology
Peer victimization is a serious and prevalent problem that has been found to take place all around the world (Jimerson, Swearer & Espelage, 2010). Peer victimization includes different forms of harassment and aggression that has been found to have negative associations with emotional functioning such as internalizing distress (Barchia and Bussey, 2010). Past research has studied whether children with anxiety disorders are more likely to be victimized. A few studies have found that children experiencing victimization have reported high levels of anxiety (Crick et al., 1999). Previous studies have also found that anxious individuals have reported higher rates of being victimized (Crick & Grotpeter, 1996). Past research has determined that victims are three times more likely to have an anxiety disorder than non-victims (Kumpulainen et al., 2001). The aim of the current study is to investigate if there is a relationship in college students between peer victimization and anxiety. The current study will measure if there is a relationship between peer victimization and anxiety by administering a survey on Qualtrics for Buffalo State College students that asks the participants to reflect on and rate forms of peer victimization along with scales measuring anxiety levels and symptoms. Data collection is currently ongoing. We hypothesize that there will be a relationship between peer victimization and anxiety in college students. We expect to find that high ratings of peer victimization and high ratings of anxiety will co-occur.
Bass, Michelle, "The Relationship between Anxiety and Peer Victimization in College Students" (2020). Psychology and Social Sciences. 22nd Annual Student Research and Creativity Conference. SUNY Buffalo State.