General Bullying


A glare. An insult. The silent treatment. Bullying manifests itself in varied forms, but one underlying common denominator is communication. All actions (each glare, each insult, each failure to acknowledge someone in the hallway) communicate volumes, and Communication scholars bring valuable expertise and insights to conversations about this topic. Thus, as evidenced in this portion of NCA’s Anti-Bullying Digital Repository, Communication scholars contribute theoretically grounded, data-driven input to discussions about bullying, especially regarding how bullying gets socially constructed as acceptable (or not) and how participants can respond and reclaim agency and preferred identities.


Cutler, K. (2014). Weight-based bullying and prevention strategies. Unpublished paper. 

Dillon, K. P. (2015). Social Identity Negotiation and Bullying in Glee. In B. Johnson & D. Faill (Eds.), I’ll Stand by You: Glee characters’ multiple identities and bystander intervention on bullying  (pp. 41-60). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.

Freeberg, Debra L. The Bully Prevention Primer 

Mills, C. B., & Carwile, A. M. (2009). The good, the bad, and the borderline: Separating teasing from bullying. Communication Education, 58, 276-301. 

Striley, K. M. (n.d.). Unlimited: Ostracism’s Potential to Awaken Us to Possibility and Mystery. Unpublished manuscript.  

Yang, Grace S., & McLoyd, Vonnie C. (2015). Do Parenting and Family Characteristics Moderate the Relation between Peer Victimization and Antisocial Behavior? A 5-year Longitudinal Study. Social Development, 24, 748-765.