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MUSIC AND THEATER STUDENTS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE BULLIED

Tom Jacobs | The Pacific Standard

A recent article in the Pacific Standard highlights information in a new study, "Bullying Victimization Among Music Ensemble and Theatre Students in the United States," co-authored by assistant Professor of music Kenneth Elpus:

"With the new school year underway, many middle- and high-school students have gathered for band practice, while others have started rehearsals for the fall theatrical production. They are, in many ways, lucky kids: A large body of literature suggests such activities provide avariety of mental and emotional benefits.

"But a new study reports these long-term advantages come at a substantial short-term cost: The kid who carries a violin case, or is quietly practicing her lines, is more likely to be “accidentally” tripped in the hall, or subjected to nasty gossip.

"'Music and theater students face a significantly greater risk than their non-arts peers of reporting being the victims of bullying behavior,' write Kenneth Elpus of the University of Maryland and Bruce Allen Carter of Florida International University.

"Elpus and Carter analyzed data from the School Crime Supplement to theNational Crime Victimization Survey. They noted student reports of 'various forms of in-person physical, verbal, and relational aggression' in the 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 questionnaires, as well as cyberbullying (which was included in the questionnaire starting in 2007)."

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Date of Publication: 
9/14/16