Bullying Perceptions: Understanding Students With and Without Disabilities

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Simpson, Shellie B.
bullying; perceptions; forms of bullying; students with disabilities; students without disabilities; aggression; Education; Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education; Special Education and Teaching; Student Counseling and Personnel Services
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The study investigates perceptions about bullying for intermediate students with and without disabilities. A survey administered to each student assessed perceptions related to bullying and friendship. Interview questions related to specific instances of bullying encountered were also administered. The results indicate perception variations between students with and without disabilities. Students with disabilities reported victimization at a higher rate than students without disabilities, except for verbal bullying and relational bullying which were reported at an equal rate. Students without disabilities reported a higher rate of bullying instances by friends, while students with disabilities report a desire to have more friends. Since perceptions between students with and without disabilities vary, more research is needed to clarify student understanding and to replicate these results.