Bullying as a Mediator of School Climate and School Success

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 5,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 5: Promoting Academic Success

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. review the robust literature surrounding the school climate and bullying constructs.
  2. describe how constructs of the five bully role behaviors and school climate contribute to student success in school.
  3. understand how school psychologists can help facilitate student school success by promoting a positive school climate and striving to reduce student engagement in negative bully role behaviors.


Studying variables related to success in schools (i.e., grades, attendance) may allow education professionals to appropriately support students in their academics. The current longitudinal study examined the following in a sample of middle school students: (a) associations between bullying role behaviors and school success, (b) associations between school climate and school success, and (c) the partially mediating role of bullying behaviors in the association of school climate and school success.



Kaitlyn M. Ayala, Northern Illinois University
Shengse Jeong, Northern Illinois University
Kathleen Kelly, Northern Illinois University
Logan N. Riffle, Northern Illinois University


DaShae J. Rodriguez-Harris, Kristina L. Wiemer, Megan L. Gilbertson, Yoonsun Pyun


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