Psychology and Social Sciences


Anna Weigel



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Anna Weigel, Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Professor Jill Norvilitis, Psychology

Peer bullying has been a widely researched and studied topic of interest. Numerous precautions have been taken in order to prevent bullying from occurring, as depicted in textbooks, ad campaigns, and even bus stops. However, there are very few studies in which the perpetrator is a teacher, directing aggressive behavior towards a child. In this study, we are delving into student-teacher relationships, primarily focusing on bullying. We have developed a retrospective questionnaire in order to identify the prevalence of teacher bullying in kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as to examine the long-term effects it has on the student. The questionnaire contains both multiple-choice questions and written responses, in order to evaluate and better understand the personal experiences of the students. We also collected data among various demographics to determine which groups have been impacted most, such as age, ethnicity, gender, and type of school attended. At this moment there have been 77 responses, with 36.84% of students indicating that they were bullied by a teacher, and 23.68% of students who reporting that they have had an experience but are unsure if it was explicitly bullying. Data collection is ongoing and results will be presented at the conference.

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Prevalence and Effects of Bullying by Teachers
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