The Bullying and Cyberbullying Scale for Adolescents (BCS-A) is a self-report survey tool that measures bullying behaviour among adolescents.

Teenage bullying is a very real problem in schools.  It includes physical, verbal, emotional bullying and cyberbullying.  The effects of bullying may manifest as physical problems and injuries, depression (even suicide), drug use, stunted social development and, in severe cases, it can affect a person well into adulthood.

Intervention on adolescent bullying is reliant on the valid and reliable measurement of victimisation and perpetration experiences, however existing self-report scales are restricted to unidimensional models or victimisation experiences only. The measurement of both victimisation (experiences of being bullied) and perpetration (experiences of bullying others), and the different forms of bullying behaviour (e.g. face-to-face and online) is critical for effective intervention.

The BCS-A is a validated multi-factor measurement model comprised of a 13-item scale including physical, verbal, relational, cyber forms of bullying, and possesses robust psychometric dependability. To date, it has been used for clinical intervention/treatment, distribution to high school students (aged 12-17 years), and in academic presentations and conferences.

To find out more or to licence the scale, visit the website here.

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