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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Linda Burdette


Purpose: The purpose of this practice innovation project was to implement an antibullying program in a school currently without one, and to determine what effect the Steps to Respect® student curriculum for 6th grade students had on attitudes and perceptions related to bullying. Participants include 11- to 12-year old boys and girls in the 6th grade (n=20) in an upper plains school. The method used for the project was a quasi-experimental design using a convenience sample.
Methods: A written pre-test, post-test was administered to the 6th grade students. The test, Student Experience Survey (SES), was used to gain information on students’ perceptions of bullying behaviors before and after the intervention.
Results: This practice innovation project showed a significant decrease in acceptance of bullying and aggressive behaviors following the Steps to Respect® program. The difference in paired mean scores for acceptance of bullying and aggressive behavior (pretest mean = 0.68, post-test mean = 0.52) was statistically significant (t = 1.89, df = 19, p < 0.05). Following implementation of Steps to Respect®, 85% of the students reported zero to little acceptance of bullying and aggression.
Conclusion: This practice innovation project provided evidence that a student curriculum based anti-bullying intervention in a school without an anti-bullying program can be beneficial to reducing bullying behaviors in schools. The Steps to Respect® student

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Bullying in schools -- Prevention
Middle school students -- Attitudes


Includes bibliographical references (pages 43-46)



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