Volume 38, Issue 3 (2009)
Validity of Three School Climate Scales to Assess Bullying, Aggressive Attitudes, and Help Seeking
Sharmila Bandyopadhyay, Dewey G. Cornell, Timothy R. Konold
Abstract. The School Climate Bullying Survey (Cornell & Sheras, 2003) is a self-report survey used to measure attitudes and behaviors associated with school bullying. Two studies were conducted to examine the valid use of its three school climate scales: (a) Prevalence of Teasing and Bullying, (b) Aggressive Attitudes, and (c) Willingness to Seek Help. In Study 1, exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were performed with a sample of 2,111 students from four middle schools and established reasonable fit for 20 items with their hypothesized scales. Multi-group confirmatory factor analyses revealed good overall model fit. In Study 2, regression analyses using school-level measures aggregated from 7,318 ninth-grade students attending 291 Virginia public high schools indicated that the three scales were related to meaningful criteria for school disorder.
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