Do All Bullied Individuals Feel Victimized by Being Bullied?

Maximillian L. Shear

Advisor: Patrick E McKnight, PhD, Department of Psychology

Committee Members: Timithy Curby, Todd Kashdan, Jeffrey Stuewig

David J. King Hall, #2064
March 21, 2018, 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM


The aim of my dissertation is to determine if individuals who experience bullying subsequently feel victimized. Throughout my paper I use trauma as an analogue to bullying because both are characterized by individuals having negative experiences outside of their own control. Despite this similarity, the trauma and bullying literature have a critical distinction: Trauma research currently separates the antecedents and consequences of traumatic events, whereas bullying research confounds the antecedents and consequences of bullying events. As a result, the validity of bullying research is called into question - which may make intervention programs aimed at reducing bullying less effective.