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American Journal of Educational Research. 2017, 5(1), 103-108
DOI: 10.12691/education-5-1-16
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Bullying as a Correlate of Anxiety among Secondary School Students in Imo State: The Counselling Implications

Bruno U. Onyekuru1 and C. J. Ugwu1,

1Department of Educational Pyschology, Guidance and Councelling, Faculty of Education, University of Portharcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Pub. Date: February 04, 2017

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Bruno U. Onyekuru and C. J. Ugwu. Bullying as a Correlate of Anxiety among Secondary School Students in Imo State: The Counselling Implications. American Journal of Educational Research. 2017; 5(1):103-108. doi: 10.12691/education-5-1-16


This correlational study investigated bullying as a correlate of anxiety among 712 bullied victims in secondary schools in Imo State using purposive random sampling techniques. Four research questions, four hypotheses and two instruments titled: Bullying Victims Identification Questionnaire (BVIQ) and Bullying and Anxiety Relationship Scale (BARS) with test-retest reliability coefficient of 0.71 and 0.72 respectively guided the study. The results showed significant joint and separate positive relationships between physical, verbal, social bullying and social anxiety and test anxiety respectively. It was recommended that school counsellors should develop anti-bullying policies, mount campaigns and organize seminars to actualize free bulling environment in order to enhance academic activities.

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