Bullying Victimization and Perceptions of School Danger: A Unique Investigation Into the Lives of Rural Youth
In addition to direct victimization, students’ perceptions of danger in their school environments can negatively impact peer relationships and school experiences. Students’ perceptions of school danger is an understudied topic as the majority of researchers examine actual experiences of victimization rather than perceptions of danger. However, available research suggests that the mere perception of danger even in the absence of victimization, can lead to poor academic achievement, violent behaviors, low school attendance, and weapon carrying.
The current symposium examines rural students’ experiences of bullying victimization and perceptions of school danger. To examine these complex issues, this symposium includes both qualitative and quantitative methods, resulting in a rich and comprehensive picture of the school experiences of rural youth. Each paper uses data from the Rural Adaptation Project (RAP), one of the largest studies of rural children growing up in impoverished areas of the Southeastern United States.