A quantitative, descriptive study on the prevalence of bullying at the elementary school level was conducted in Providence, Rhode Island. A review of the literature outlined the definition of what aggressive behavior constitutes as bullying, details the aggressor and target roles and confirms the potentially harmful consequences of bullying. Factors such as the aggressor and target’s grade level, gender and race were documented to explore whether these factors held an influential role in the bullying incidents. Findings suggested that elementary aged children bully students within their same grade and of similar gender. Another finding revealed that race is not a determinant factor for children when they bully other students because targets and aggressors extended across a wide range of races. This study confirmed a high rate of bullying incidents at the elementary school level. Future research could extend this work by examining the intentions behind bullying incidents and aggressive episodes.
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