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Objective: This study developed and examined the psychometric properties of a newly formed measure designed to assess professor/instructor bullying, as well as teacher bullying occurring prior to college. Additionally, prevalence of instructor bullying and characteristics related to victims of instructor bullying were examined.
Participants: Participants were 337 college students recruited in 2012 from a northeastern university.
Methods: An online questionnaire was administered to college students. A split-half, cross-validation approach was employed for measurement development.
Results: The measure demonstrated strong criterion validity and internal consistency. Approximately half of students reported witnessing professor/instructor bullying and 18% reported being bullied by a professor/instructor. Report of teacher bullying occurring prior to college was related to professor/instructor bullying in college, and sex was a moderating variable.
Conclusion: College students perceive instructor bullying as occurring but may not know how to properly address it. Prevention efforts should be made by university administrators, faculty, and staff.
Marraccini, M. E., Weyandt, L. L., & Rossi, J. S. (2015). College Students' Perceptions of Professor/Instructor Bullying: Questionnaire Development and Psychometric Properties. Journal of American College Health, 63(8), 563-572. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2015.1060596
Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2015.1060596