Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Mary Roth

Abstract

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) was purchased by a southern school district to combat bullying and raise perceptions of school climate. The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the effectiveness of the OBPP in combatting bullying in a school for the 2015-2016 school year. Bullying data were compiled and compared using the OBQ from 2012, 2013, and 2014 to create the Middle School Bullying Survey administered in the fall of 2015 (presurvey) and the spring of 2016 (postsurvey) to reassess school climate, prevalence of bullying, and effectiveness of the OBPP. For Research Question 1, using chi-square tests, results showed no statistically significant associations in perceptions of students regarding being bullied at school before and after the implementation of the bullying prevention program. For Research Question 2, using descriptive statistics, results showed that both sets of participants reported bullying incidents to their parent/guardian more often. For Research Question 3, using chi-square tests, results showed no statistically significant differences between perceptions of girls and boys before and after the implementation of the bullying prevention program. For Research Question 4, using descriptive statistics, results showed that bullying happened more often at the gym, in the hallway, and during recess. For Research Question 5, using chi-square tests, results showed no statistically significant associations in perceptions of eighth-grade students and teachers on the social and physical environments from the end of 2015 to the end of 2016, as determined by the South Carolina Department of Education Annual Report Card Summary Evaluation Results.

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