IMPACT OF BULLYING ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ADJUSTMENT OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
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Ibadan Journal of Educational Studies (IJES), Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan
This study examined the impact of bullying on psychosocial adjustment of students in Educational District II of Lagos State. A descriptive research design was adopted. Using stratified random sampling technique, 270 respondents were selected from the study population as sample size for the study. The research instrument, a self-constructed questionnaire titled; Impact of Bullying on Psychosocial Adjustment Questionnaire (IBPSAQ) was used in the collection of data, which was validated and its reliability established in a pilot study(r=0.76) Four hypotheses were formulated and tested in the study. Chi-Square, T-test and Analysis of variance (ANOVA) statistical tools were employed in testing the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The findings revealed that bullying has significant impact on students’ anxiety and peer isolation. Also, there is a significant gender difference in bullying behaviour among students and there is a significant age impact of bullying on psychosocial adjustment of students. The study hence recommended that; there should be school-wide education, training and bullying prevention programs that helps create an awareness of bullying. The schools and the home should work in synergy to collaboratively instill good values in their children/students. The school should provide counselling and support for students at risk of being involved in bullying. The school should develop an anti-bullying disciplinary committee to deal with the problem. The victims of bullying and bystanders should be encouraged to report bullying cases to school authority as soon as it is experienced.
Bullying , Psychosocial Adjustment , Social isolation , Students , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Emeri,P.N. & Olabiyi, O.B. (2022). Impact of Bullying on Psychosocial Adjustment of Secondary School Students: Implications for Sociology of Education and Educational Psychology. Ibadan Journal of Educational Studies (IJES), Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan.