Access Type

Open Access Dissertation

Date of Award

January 2018

Degree Type


Degree Name



Educational Psychology

First Advisor

Barry S. Markman


The topic of bullying has been a focus of research for many decades. Largely conceptualized as a social phenomenon, research has been predominantly executed in the school or large group environments. More recent research has shifted the focus to the home environment. However, few studies have included both parent and sibling factors as predictors of victimization. The purpose of this study was to (1) examine correlations between victimization and perpetration at home and victimization and perpetration at school, (2) identify significant parent and sibling characteristics as predictors of sibling victimization, and (3) understand if resilience moderates the relationship between being involved in bullying and one’s school engagement.

Participants included 216 students in grades six through eight (114 Females, 102 Males) who were enrolled in a Public School Academy (e.g. Charter School) in Southeastern Michigan and completed a one-time, self report survey. Significant relationships were identified between bullying and victimization at home and school. Parenting and sibling factors were also found to be significant predictors of sibling victimization. Bullying involvement at home and school were determined to be predictive of school engagement. Resilience was also found to be predictive of school engagement but did not moderate the relationship between bullying behavior (at home or at school) and school engagement.