The tentacles of bullying: The impact of negative childhood peer relationships on adult professional and educational choices

by Roberge, Ginette D., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2006, 196 pages; 3238254


Being victimized by a bully in childhood has many potential effects on facets of adult life. This study attempted to examine whether being bullied in childhood has had an impact on the employment and post-secondary educational choices of the participants. Brief interviews and a resiliency inventory were administered to these participants in order to determine the extent of the impact that childhood bullying has had on their vocational choices. Demographic profiles ensuing from this data were then created. These profiles comprised data from the interviews as well as from the Resiliency Quiz. They included the participants' age, employment status and occupation, their age when the bullying occurred, the duration of the bullying, the intervention and reconciliatory justice measures undertaken, the resiliency levels of the participants, and finally, mitigating familial and environmental influences that were noteworthy. They were utilized to analyze reoccurring trends and themes in the interview and resiliency inventory responses. It was discovered that most individuals who were bullied chose their occupations because of a desire to assist others rather than making their choices for financial reasons, or for reasons of familial pressure. In addition, individuals who had an elevated number of conditions that foster resiliency in the environment had diminished manifestations of the bullying on their future educational and occupational selections. In fact, all of the participants had elevated resiliency levels, all were employed, and most are currently pursuing a profession or educational endeavor that they are passionate about. Consequently, it was recommended that bullying intervention programs and strategies should attempt to take account of environmental conditions that are positive and that promote a constructive learning environment.

AdviserChristine Jax
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsSchool counseling; Elementary education; Educational psychology; Developmental psychology
Publication Number3238254

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