Bully Survey

Bully Survey
Swearer & Carey‚ 2003; Swearer‚ Turner‚ Givens‚ & Pollack‚ 2008
 
The Bully Survey – Student Version (BYS-S)
This project is being undertaken by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Creighton Prep. Participation in this survey is voluntary and you may stop any time you desire.
Instructions:
In this survey you will be asked to respond to questions and statements about “bullies” and “bullying.”
Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually‚ bullying happens over and over. Examples include the following:
• Punching‚ shoving‚ and other acts that hurt people physically
• Spreading bad rumors about people
• Keeping certain people out of a “group”
• Teasing people in a mean way
• Getting certain people to “gang up” on others
There are four parts to this survey: (A) When you were bullied by others‚ (B) When you saw other students getting bullied‚ (C) When you were a bully‚ and (D) Your thoughts about bullying.
The Bully Survey - Part A
In this part‚ you will be asked about times when you were bullied.
Have you been bullied this school year?  Yes  No
IF YES‚ how often have you been bullied? (Check one)
 one or more times a day‚  one or more times a week‚  one or more times a month.
If you have not been bullied this year‚ you may move on to Part B.
1a. Where have you been bullied? Check all the places:
 homeroom  cafeteria  academic class   before school  bus   after school  gym
 dances  hallway  sporting events  bathroom   online  telephone   text message
1b. From the list above‚ circle the ONE place you have been bullied the most.
2. How did you get bullied? (Check how often this happened)
Never happened‚ Rarely happened‚ Sometimes happened‚ Often happened‚ Always happened
a. Called me names
b. Made fun of me
c. Said they will do bad things to me
d. Played jokes on me
e. Won’t let me be a part of their group
f. Broke my things
g. Attacked me
h. Nobody would talk to me
i. Wrote bad things about me
j. Said mean things behind my back
k. Pushed or shoved me
l. Other ways you were bullied:
3. Who bullied you most often (check all that are true):
 older boys  older girls
 younger boys  younger girls
 boys in my grade  girls in my grade
 someone who is strong  someone who is an adult
 someone who is powerful  someone who is popular
 someone who has many friends  someone who is smart
 other_________________________________  someone who I didn’t know
4. How much of a problem was the bullying for you?
Never a problem‚ Rarely a problem‚ Sometimes problem‚ Often a problem‚ Always a problem
a. Made me feel sick
b. I couldn’t make friends
c. Made me feel bad or sad
d. Made it difficult to learn at school
e. Didn’t come to school
f. I had problems with my family
g. Other:
5a. Why do you think you were bullied? Check all that are true. Because:
 they think my face looks funny
 the church I go to
 they think I’m fat
 my parents
 they think I’m skinny
 my brother
 they think I look too old
 my sister
 they think I look too young
 my family is poor
 they think I am a wimp
 my family has a lot of money
 they think my friends are weird
 someone in my family has a disability
 I’m sick a lot
 I am too tall
 I’m disabled
 I am too short
 I get good grades
 I am in special education
 I get bad grades
 I get angry a lot
 where I live
 I cry a lot
 the clothes I wear
 I can’t get along with other people
 the color of my skin
 they say I’m gay
 the country I’m from
 the way I talk
 I am different
 other (describe) ……
5b. From the list above‚ circle the MAIN reason you were bullied.
6. Did the teachers and school staff know about the bullying that happened to you?  Yes  No  I don’t know
7a. How do you think your teachers and school staff took care of the bullying?  Very well  Okay  Bad  I don’t know
8. Tell us what the teachers and school staff did to take care of the bully.
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9a. Did your parents know about the bullying that happened to you?  Yes  No  I don’t know
9b. Tell us what your parents did to take care of the bullying.
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10. Were you able to defend yourself from the bullying?  Yes  No
Explain:
11. Does anyone bully you at home? (Check everyone who has bullied you)
 no one  sister  friend  father  stepfather  other relative  mother  stepmother  neighbor  brother  grandparent  other:___________________________
11a. Is the bullying at home different from the bullying at school? If so‚ how?
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The Bully Survey - Part B
In this part‚ you will be asked about other students who have been bullied.
Did you ever see a student other than yourself who was bullied this school year?  Yes  No
IF YES‚ how often did you see this student being bullied? (Check one)
 one or more times a day‚  one or more times a week‚  one or more times a month.
If you do not know any students who have been bullied this year‚ you may move on to Part C.
1a. Where was the student bullied? Check all the places:
 homeroom  cafeteria  academic class  before school  bus  after school  gym  dances
 hallway  sporting events  bathroom  online  telephone  text message
1b. From the list above‚ circle the ONE place you saw the student bullied the most.
2. How did this student get bullied? (Check how often this happened)
Never happened‚ Rarely happened‚ Sometimes happened‚ Often happened‚ Always happened
a. Called them names
b. Made fun of them
c. Said they will do bad things to them
d. Played jokes on them
e. Won’t let them be a part of their group
f. Broke their things
g. Attacked them
h. Nobody would talk to them
i. Wrote bad things about them
j. Said mean things behind their back
k. Pushed or shoved them
l. Other ways they were bullied:
3. Who bullied this student (check all that are true):
 older boys  older girls
 younger boys  younger girls
 boys in my grade  girls in my grade
 someone who is strong  someone who is an adult
 someone who is powerful  someone who is popular
 somoene who has many friends  someone who is smart
 other_________________________________  someone who I didn’t know
4. How did seeing the bullying affect you?
Never a problem‚ Rarely a problem‚ Sometimes problem‚ Often a problem‚ Always a problem
a. Made me feel sick
b. I couldn’t make friends
c. Made me feel bad or sad
d. Made it difficult for me to learn
e. I didn’t come to school
f. I had problems with my family
g. Other:
5a. Why do you think this student was bullied? (Check all that are true). Because:
 their face looks funny  the church they go to  they are fat  their parents  they are skinny  their brother  they look too old  their sister  they look too young  their family is poor  they are a wimp  their family has a lot of money  their friends are weird  someone in their family has a disability  they are sick a lot  they are too tall  they are disabled  they are too short  they get good grades  they are in special education  they get bad grades  they get angry a lot  where they live  they cry a lot  the clothes they wear  they can’t get along with other people  the color of their skin  they are gay  the country they are from  the way they talk  they are different  other (describe) ____________________________
5b. From the list above‚ circle the MAIN reason this student was bullied.
6. Did the teachers and school staff know about the bullying that you saw?  Yes  No  I don’t know
7a. How do you think your teachers and school staff took care of the bullying?  Very well  Okay  Bad  I don’t know
7b. Tell us what the teachers and school staff did to take care of the bullying.
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8. Tell us what you did about the bullying.
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The Bully Survey - Part C
In this part‚ you will be asked about when you bullied other students.
Did you ever bully anyone this school year?  Yes  No
If yes‚ how often did you bully this person? (Check one)
 one or more times a day‚  one or more times a week‚  one or more times a month.
If you never bullied other students this year‚ go to Part D and answer the rest of the questions.
1a. Where did you bully him or her? Check all the places:
 homeroom  cafeteria  academic class  before school  bus  after school  gym  dances
 hallway  sporting events  bathroom  online  telephone  text message
1b. From the list above‚ circle the ONE place you bullied the person the most.
2. How did you bully this person? (Check how often this happened)
Never happened‚ Rarely happened‚ Sometimes happened‚ Often happened‚ Always happened
a. Called them names
b. Made fun of them
c. Said they will do bad things to them
d. Played jokes on them
e. Won’t let them be a part of my group
f. Broke their things
g. Attacked them
h. Didn’t talk to them
i. Wrote bad things about them
j. Said mean things behind their back
k. Pushed or shoved them
l. Other:
3. Who did you bully? (check all that are true)
 older boys  older girls
 younger boys  younger girls
 boys in my grade  girls in my grade
 someone who is weak  someone who is an adult
 someone who has no power  someone who is not popular
 someone who has no friends  someone who is dumb
 other_________________________________  someone who I didn’t know
4. How much was this a problem for you?
Never a problem‚ Rarely a problem‚ Sometimes problem‚ Often a problem‚ Always a problem
a. Made me feel sick
b. I couldn’t make friends
c. Made me feel bad or sad
d. Made it difficult for me to learn
e. I didn’t come to school
f. I had problems with my family
g. Other:
5a. Why did you bully this person? (Check all that are true) Because:
 their face looks funny  the church they go to  they are fat  their parents  they are skinny  their brother  they look too old  their sister  they look too young  their family is poor  they are a wimp  their family has a lot of money  their friends are weird  someone in their family has a disability  they are sick a lot  they are too tall  they are disabled  they are too short  they get good grades  they are in special education  they get bad grades  they get angry a lot  where they live  they cry a lot  the clothes I wear  they can’t get along with other people  the color of their skin  they are gay  the country they are from  the way they talk  they are different  other (describe) ____________________________
5b. From the list above‚ circle the MAIN reason you bullied this person.
6. Did the teachers and school staff know about the bullying that you did?  Yes  No  I don’t know
7. How do you think your teachers and school staff took care of the bullying?  Very well  Okay  Bad  I don’t know
8. Tell us what the teachers and school staff did to take care of the bullying.
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The Bully Survey - Part D
In this part‚ you will be asked about your thoughts about bullying.
Totally false‚ Sort of false‚ Both true and false‚ Sort of true‚ Totally true
1. How much do you agree with each sentence?
a. Most people who get bullied ask for it.
b. Bullying is a problem for kids.
c. Bullies are popular.
d. I don’t like bullies.
e. I am afraid of the bullies at my school.
f. Bullying is good for wimpy kids.
g. Bullies hurt kids.
h. I would be friends with a bully.
i. I can understand why someone would bully other kids.
j. I think bullies should be punished.
k. Bullies don’t mean to hurt anybody.
l. Bullies make kids feel bad.
m. I feel sorry for kids who are bullied.
n. Being bullied is no big deal.
2. Is bullying a problem in your school?  Yes  No
3. Do you think that schools should worry about bullying?  Yes  No
4. Has bullying at <in‎sert SCHOOL NAME> changed in the last year for you?  Yes  No
What do you think has caused that change? …… …..
Please write any other ideas you have about bullying and being bullied. …… …..
5. What language is spoken in your home? …… …..
6. What country is your family from? …… …..
7. Gender:  Male  Female
8. Age:___________
9. Race:
 White  Black/African American  Latino/Hispanic  Asian American  Native American  Middle Eastern  Eastern European  Asian  Biracial (Please specify)  other …… …..
10. Circle only your current grade:
Grade: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
11. How well do you do in your schoolwork? On your last report card‚ if you think of all of your subjects‚ what did you get (Check one)?
 Mostly As  As and Bs
 Mostly Bs  Bs and Cs
 Mostly Cs  Cs and Ds
 Mostly Ds  Ds and lower
 
This instrument can be found on pages 69-78 of Measuring Bullying Victimization‚ Perpetration‚ and BystanderExperiences:A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/bullycompendiumbk-a.pdf
 
Points are assigned as follows:
Never happened = 0
Rarely happened = 1
Sometimes happened = 2
Often happened = 3
Always happened = 4
Victimization subscale: Items 2‚ 4‚ 6‚ 10‚ 14‚ 16‚ 18‚ 22‚ 24‚ and 30
Bully subscale: Items 8‚ 12‚ 20‚ 26‚ and 28
Perceived peer perception
Victimization subscale: Items 1‚ 3‚ 5‚ 9‚ 13‚ 15‚ 17‚ 21‚ 23‚ and 29
Bully subscale: Items 7‚ 11‚ 19‚ 25‚ and 27

Swearer‚ S. M.‚ & Cary‚ P. T. (2003). Perceptions and attitudes toward bullying in middle school youth: A developmental examination across the bully/victim continuum. . Journal of Applied School Psychology‚ 19‚ 63–79.

Swearer‚ S. M.‚ Turner‚ R. K.‚ Givens‚ J. E.‚ & Pollack‚ W. S. (2008). “You’re so gay!”: Do different forms of bullying matter for adolescent males? School Psychology Review‚ 37‚ 160–173.

Developer’s Contact Information
Susan Swearer‚ PhD
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
40 Teachers College Hall
Lincoln‚ NE 68588-0345
Tel: 402-472-1741