Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliott, Nathan

Second Reader

Lisa Silmser


The act of bullying is prevalent in today’s society. The average student in the United States experiences bullying in some form at least once throughout their academic career. Bullying can be defined as any act defined by the victim that is repeated and results in the victim being hurt physically or mentally. Some subgroups of students are more likely to experience bullying victimization such as: females, heterosexuals (particularly male heterosexuals), welfare recipients, and students who receive special education services. The effects of experiencing victimization can be severe. There are short-term and long-term effects on both academic success and mental health. There have been anti-bullying interventions and programs that have been implemented in schools with documented success, however, more research needs to be done to ensure there is a decrease in the frequency of bullying incidences so students can feel safe in their learning environments.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis