Danica DiGiacomo 1
Psych of Adolescence
Feb. 16, 2004
Eisenberg, M. E., Neumark-Sztainer, D., & Perry, C. L. (2003). Peer
harassment, school connectedness, and academic achievement. Journal of
School Health, 73(8), 311-316.
This study investigated the types of harassment adolescents receive. One of the
first of its kind, it was developed because of the small, inconclusive non
American samples from previous studies, which never included any information
connecting harassment, achievement, and involvement to school. The reason for
conducting this extensive research is to find consistent evidence indicating a definitive
need for the prevention and intervention of peer harassment in schools. An estimated
three quarters of adolescents are harassed every day whether it is teasing, physical action,
or name calling. With most of the students in our towns middle schools being harassed,
there is an obvious need for an answer. Most of the studies pertaining to harassment
concentrate mainly on the more physical harassment, unlike this study which included
nonviolent and verbal harassment including name calling and teasing.
predisposed at this age, therefore the authors hypothesized that students reporting peer
harassment would report lower levels of school connectedness and school achievement.
The data for this study was supplied by Project EAT, Eating Among Teens, and was approved by the University of Minnesota Human Subjects' Committee and by the research boards of all the consenting school districts. The survey also went through
revisory boards from experts, focus groups, and pre-tested adolescents. Project EAT is a study that thoroughly researched adolescent social behavior in connection with eating patterns and related health issues. The study, administered in 1998-1999, surveyed adolescents in grades 7 to 12 from both urban and suburban communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. A total of 4,746 students finished the surveys and about a 1000 did...