The impact of bullying behaviours on the levels of anxiety in secondary school students

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Carroll, Neil
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BA in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The main aim of the present study was to investigate if students who experienced bullying behaviours have higher anxiety levels than students who have not experienced these behaviours. 71 students in total were sampled from two co-educational secondary schools, one based in a rural setting and the other in an urban setting. The researcher was also interested in exploring differences between the levels of anxiety of A) gender and B) origin of school. The Design consisted of a between subject cross-sectional design in addition to being a correlational study. The results show that there was a significant correlation between anxiety levels and being a victim of bullying (r = .327, p = .003, 1 tailed). Findings also reported significant differences between the gender of participants and their levels of anxiety (F = (1, 67) = 9.461, p < .05. ŋ2 = .124), in addition to considerable differences between the anxiety levels of the two schools compared; (F = (1, 67) = 17.293, P < .05, ŋ2 = .205).