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Date of Award

January 2022

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Degree Name



Educational Leadership and Policy

First Advisor

Ben Pogodzinski


This dissertation examined the prevalence of bullying in Tabuk high schools in Saudi Arabia. It also tested the effects of bullying prevention practices on bullying prevalence. The author developed a new tool to measure bullying prevention. This instrument consisted of forty items measuring ten best evidenced practices that correlate negatively with bullying incidence as established by the empirical literature. Bullying prevalence was measured using three indicators: self-reported perpetration, self-reported victimization, and administrative logs of bullying events. All instruments were validated using a sample of Saudi students and principals. The analysis found that bullying is prevalent in Saudi public high schools. Bullying prevalence is not affected by gender and locale. Girls schools exhibit less bullying compared to boys schools. Urban schools possess higher rates of bullying compared to rural schools. Bullying prevention measures are negatively associated with bullying prevalence. Saudi high schools have low implementation rates of bullying prevention practices. Recommendations suggest to the need for the development of funding and education targeting the expansion of bullying prevention in Tabuk high schools.

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