Project Title

Does Bullying Affect Academic Achievement?

Mentor

Dr. Richard Osbaldiston

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

The effect of bullying on children’s emotional state is well-known, but what about their academic achievement? The purpose of this research was to analyze the effects of bullying victimization on students’ academic achievement. A meta-analysis was conducted using 18 studies from PsycInfo and ERIC databases. The overall average weighted effect size was r = -.17, which is a moderate effect. Type of bullying was an important moderator; victimization had a much stronger effect on achievement when it was physical (r = -.35) than either verbal or cyber (r = -.14, -.13). Grade level also moderated the relationship, with it being strongest for early primary students (r = -.24), moderate for late primary (r = -.15), and weakest for middle school (r = -.12) and high school (r = -.12). For students to do their best in school, we have to find a way to reduce the impact of bullying.

Presentation format

Poster

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 

Does Bullying Affect Academic Achievement?

The effect of bullying on children’s emotional state is well-known, but what about their academic achievement? The purpose of this research was to analyze the effects of bullying victimization on students’ academic achievement. A meta-analysis was conducted using 18 studies from PsycInfo and ERIC databases. The overall average weighted effect size was r = -.17, which is a moderate effect. Type of bullying was an important moderator; victimization had a much stronger effect on achievement when it was physical (r = -.35) than either verbal or cyber (r = -.14, -.13). Grade level also moderated the relationship, with it being strongest for early primary students (r = -.24), moderate for late primary (r = -.15), and weakest for middle school (r = -.12) and high school (r = -.12). For students to do their best in school, we have to find a way to reduce the impact of bullying.