Date of Award

Summer 2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Randy Gainey

Committee Member

Ingrid Whitaker

Committee Member

Garland White

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 B765 2013


This thesis investigates the relationship between gender, race and strains. Using data collected from the 2005-2006 Health Behavior in School-Aged Children, the study examined children's outlooks and experiences relating to an extensive range of health related activities and lifestyles. Specifically, this study examined the ways in which males and females bully and if black students bully more than white students. Furthermore, the study examined race and gender differences in bullying, and the impact of strains on these relationships. It was found that both race and gender are significant predictors of bullying when controlling for measures of strains and other demographic variables. The study also found that males were more likely to bully than females and blacks were more likely to bully than whites. The three measures of strain that were utilized were all significant predictors of all three types of bullying except for the relationship between life strain and indirect bullying.


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