Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Sinclair, H. Colleen

Committee Member

Berman, Mitchell E.

Committee Member

Nadorff, Michael R.

Committee Member

Oliveros, Arazais D.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only



Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychology


Up to 20% of US students reported being victimized by their classmates in 2017 (Wang et al., 2020). Consequences of peer victimization include self-harm and suicide attempts (Peng et al., 2019; Sigurdson et al., 2018), depression (Chou et al., 2020), anxiety (Mulder et al., 2017), low self-esteem (Cénat et al., 2015), substance use (Glassner & Cho, 2018), and bringing weapons to school (Smalley et al., 2017). Consequences appear to be worse among youth victimized due to actual or perceived social identities (e.g., targeted because of race or sexual orientation; Bucchianeri, 2016). Peer aggression has been declared a public health issue (Feder, 2007) and researchers continue to seek interventions to decrease its frequency (Olweus & Limber, 2010; Salmivalli et al., 2011; Newman-Carlson & Horne, 2004). This research found youth reporting social identity-based victimization were more likely to experience negative consequences than others, and feelings of social alienation partially explained these outcomes.