Bullying Victimization and Distress: The Role of Support in Schools

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. better evaluate support systems for individuals who are impacted by bullying.
  2. design ecologically valid interventions for victims of bullying.
  3. critically examine the role of adults (teachers and staff) in schools for bullying intervention and treatment.


The current study examines the association between bullying victimization and psychological distress, and the effect of adult support as a possible moderator in this association. Hierarchical multiple regression showed that after controlling student demographics, (a) bullying victimization significantly predicted distress and (b) this relationship significantly differed depending on adult support. The objective of this research is to prompt researchers and relevant professionals to reconsider what kind of supports promote positive adjustment in bullying victims.



Ji Yun Lee, UC Berkeley
Chunyan Yang, UC Berkeley


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