Publication Date

Summer 2018

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Ryan Farmer (Director), Dr. Carl Myers, and Dr. Sarah Ochs

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Specialist in Education


The purpose of this study was to examine the difference of self-reported emotional problems between low levels and high levels of victimization. Participants included 214 fourth and fifth grade students from a southcentral county in Kentucky. Students answered demographic questions and completed a series of surveys including the Personal Experiences Checklist and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. The study was completed via computer-based questionnaire and focused on victimization within the last month. Results show that students who reported higher levels of victimization reported higher levels of emotional problems when compared to students who reported lower levels of victimization. The current study focused on short-term effects of bullying behavior as compared to the more traditional assessment of long-term outcomes. The study focused on a younger population (i.e., late elementary) than the majority of previous research. The findings of the study support the need for higher ratios of mental health professionals in school systems. With continued research into bullying and its prevalence, more comprehensive and effective bullying prevention programs can be developed and implemented.


Educational Psychology | Psychology | Social Psychology