There has been little focus on how personal resilience may play a role in some students overcoming being victimized by bullies. This study explores bully victimization in relation to resilience among 62 middle adolescents. Utilizing a paper and pencil survey, the study measured aspects of bullying and resilience using the Gatehouse Bullying Scale, a cyberbullying scale, and a dependent measure of resilience using the Resilience Scale for Adolescence. The study hypothesized that traditional bullying would be a significant predictor of personal competence and structured style. The study also hypothesized that cyberbullying would be a significant predictor of personal competence. Additionally, the study hypothesized that traditionally bullying and cyberbullying would be significant predictors of family cohesion. Findings from the study showed that traditional bullying and cyber bullying were predictive of aspects of personal resilience.
Taylor Chapanar is a senior at Kent State Stark and will be graduating in May. She will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies, concentrating in family life education. Upon graduation, Taylor hopes to obtain a job that will allow her to display the knowledge and skills she’s gained while attending Kent State Stark, and hopes to become certified as a family life educator (CFLE).