Investigation of the Relationship Between School Climate, Coping Strategies, and Peer Bullying in Secondary School Students

Esin Özer, Hamdi Korkman

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This study aims to investigate the relationship between school climate and coping strategies and peer bullying in secondary school students. The population of the study is 7th and 8th-grade secondary school students. The study group included 284 students (153 female and 131 male) attending a secondary school located in Afyon. The study used the School Climate Scale (SCS), KIDCOPE and Bully Scale (BS) as data collection instruments. The  relations  between SCS scores and KIDCOPE scores and bullying were examined  with  Pearson  Moments  Multiplication Correlation Coefficient Technique.As a result of the analyzes, SCS total score and some of the subscales (fairness, order and discipline, parent involvement, sharing of resources, student interpersonal relations, teacher-student relations) have significant and positive relationships with peer bullying. Alsoit was seen that there were positive and significant relationships between bullying and some of the KIDCOPE subscales (avoidant coping and negative coping).In addition, the predictability of school climate and coping strategies were tested with multiple regression analysis. As a result of analysis, it was found that some of the SCS subscales (order and discipline and teacher-student relations)and one of the KIDCOPE subscale (negative coping) were an important predictor of bullying.


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School climate; coping strategies; peer bullying; school environment; adolescence

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