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Bullying within schools has been a topic of great interest in recent years. Due to various factors, bullying is a particularly large problem at middle schools. In order to obtain further research on this topic, a study was conducted at a small suburban middle school in Connecticut. Teachers were given surveys to complete to address their thoughts on bullying. Additionally, a smaller subsample of teachers and the school social worker were interviewed. The data gathered from the surveys and interviews revealed that bullying was in fact present at the school. Participants expressed that students tend to bully one another in more indirect rather than direct ways, making it difficult for staff to notice when bullying is taking place. Being aware of this theme can help teachers and social workers at others schools learn how to better identify bullying behaviors and address them in more effective ways. On a higher level, this study has implications for policy and social work practice; legislators can work to create more uniform policies regarding bullying and social workers can gain a better understanding of how to effectively work with adolescents who are involved with bullying.


Providence College


Spring 2011









A project based on independent investigation, submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. Originally written for the Theory Practice Seminar, Providence College, 2011.

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