Term of Award

Summer 2015

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Paul "Mac" Brinson

Committee Member 1

Sonya Gaither

Committee Member 2

Dawn Tysinger


The purpose of this study was to determine to what extent principals implemented programs, policies and strategies to prevent bullying. This study employed a quantitative research design using survey methods. The instrument in this study was modified from its original version and utilized by Megan E. DiPaola-Allen in her study Elementary Principals’ Perceptions Regarding Bully Prevention Activities (2013). The survey was sent electronically to eight urban, eight suburban and eight rural public high school principals in Georgia through Survey Monkey. Of the 24 principals surveyed, 100% participated in the study. Findings suggested that more professional development could be utilized in this area and that identification of a universal definition of bullying was essential to understanding the topic and conducting future research.