College Students' Past Bullying Experiences and Current Levels of Empathy

Meghan Stuckey Huntington University, Brianna Fish Huntington University, Bianca Tisdale Huntington University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Rebekah Benjamin Huntington University
Bullying is a big issue in schools. Past research has sought to find relationships between bullying and empathy. This research has predominantly been done in elementary and middle schools, with little attention paid to older students and their past experiences of bullying. The purpose of this study is to see if the roles played in high school bullying (bully, victim, defender of victim) can help predict college students’ current empathy levels. Hypotheses for the present study are as follows: (1) past bullying behavior and past victimhood will have negative correlations with overall empathy; (2) past defending behavior will have a positive correlation with overall empathy; (3) past victimhood will have a positive correlation with empathy for characters in given bullying scenarios; (4) first year college students with past victim experience will have stronger positive correlations with empathy for characters in bullying-scenarios than fourth year college students with past victim experience because of their ability to recall their own victimization experiences more clearly. Participants in this study will include students enrolled at Huntington University and Utah Valley University. The study will be conducted through online measures including demographics and social scenarios with questions to assess participants’ cognitive and affective empathy levels for each specified scenario. The Basic Empathy Scale in Adults will be used to assess participants’ overall cognitive and affective empathy levels. The Bullying Participant Behaviors Questionnaire will be given to determine the prevalence of participants’ bullying roles from their last two years of high school.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

01:30 PM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 156