Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Comments

Submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Criminal Justice in the Graduate College of Bridgewater State University, 2015

Degree Program

Criminal Justice

Degree Type

Master of Science

Abstract

It has been shown that increased security alone has not had a positive effect on the rate of bullying in schools. This study will empirically test the effectiveness of school resource officers as a variable of capable guardianship and its correlation with the rate and quality of bullying in schools. This research will determine if having capable guardianship, formal or informal, in the school system will have an effect on the deterrence of physical and nonphysical bullying in grade schools and high schools. This research suggests an increase in guardianship roles, will reduce the amount of bullying offenses in grade and high schools. The data will be collected by conducting qualitative interviews with police officers and school faculty regarding the use of school resource officers in the school systems. This study will allow not only the school officials, but the general public to see how an increase in guardianship has a positive effect on the bullying problem in schools.

Committee/Advisor(s)

Kyung-shick Choi (chair)

Jennifer Hartsfield

Khadija Monk

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