Journal of Bullying and Social Aggression
Volume 1, Number 1, 2015
Bullies and Victims in Higher Education: A Mixed-Methods Approach
Amelia D. Perry & Sarai Blincoe
Corresponding Author: Amelia D. Perry
A majority of research on bullying focuses on primary and secondary education or the workplace, and fails to address bullying at the higher education level. This mixed-methods study explored bullying at one university through an investigation of prevalence rates, characteristics of bullies and victims, motivations, and awareness of and attitudes towards bullying policy. After completing a questionnaire, participants described their experiences with bullying through a written narrative. Of the students surveyed, 63.35% witnessed bullying in some capacity since coming to college, and 27.15% reported being victims of bullying; verbal bullying was the most common subtype observed and experienced. The results were generally consistent across the two methodologies used, but the qualitative narratives revealed novel reasons for the occurrence of bullying. With further evidence revealing bullying among students within higher education, these findings can aid colleges and universities in developing and improving policies, preventative programming, and assistance for victims of bullying.
Keywords: bullying, higher education, motives, policy, narratives, victimization