Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative National Evaluation Wave 1 Findings: Being Bullied ad Other Outcomes and Behaviors

James Trudeau, RTI International
Ina Wallace, RTI International

This paper will examine the relationships between self-reported experiences of being bullied and other outcomes and behaviors, including mental health symptomatology and services received, perceptions of school safety and support, and other experiences of violence-both as perpetrator and victim. Gender, grade, region, and urbanicity effects will also be examined. Specifically, this presentation will compare students who report being bullied with those who do not report being bullied on key characteristics including being more depressed, more anxious, more likely to act out, and more likely to exhibit mood disorders or acting-out disorders; suicidal ideation; perceived need for and use of mental health services; perceived support from teachers; other violent experiences such as being threatened with a weapon, hit, or robbed; fighting, weapon carrying, and delinquency; using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; perceptions of school safety; and school avoidance. This paper will be based on results of the SS/HS National Evaluation Wave 1 student survey, which was conducted in 12 sentinel sites and included 18,270 7th, 9th, and 11th grade students.

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