Date of Award

Summer 8-4-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - Psychology



First Advisor

Dr. Sarah Savoy

Second Advisor

Dr. Scott Drury

Third Advisor

Dr. John Pruit

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Catherine Pearte


Bullying has garnered attention from educators, social scientists, and the public at large for nearly 50 years, but the dilemma persists. We have seen that bullying is a high-risk factor for psychological adjustment across the lifespan. The current study has surveyed college students to ascertain their perceptions of adjustment in adult life. The study has added to the existing literature in addressing the role of reduced perceived control in the maladjustment of bully victims. A novel contribution was made by comparing the strength of this potential mediator to another documented correlate of poor adjustment among bullying victims, thwarted belonging.

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