Term of Award

Summer 2016

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Social Sciences (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Committee Chair

Laura Agnich

Committee Member 1

John Brent

Committee Member 2

Chad Posick


Because of the increase in victimization occurring at school within classrooms worldwide (Denmark et al., 2005), teachers and parents continue to be concerned about its effects. Therefore, it is important to continue research in order to understand the factors that influence victimization at school for adolescents. An adolescent’s bonds with their school, teachers, peers, and parents play a major role in shaping the students’ experiences at school, and their behaviors within the classroom. For this study, data derived from the 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) of 249,798 eighth grade students and their teachers from 59 countries was examined. The purpose of the study is to better understand what affects victimization within classrooms worldwide. Findings reveal that measures of school climate and students’ social bonds affect victimization rates. Future prevention programs for victimization should aim to improve school climate and increase students’ bonds with teachers and parents to help reduce victimization at school, and future research should continue to examine the factors that influence students’ victimization.

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