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Master of Arts




Dr. Susan Rodger


The current study employed an exploratory analysis of children’s perceptions of safety, mental health and experiences with bullying in school. Secondary data from surveys administered to a Southwestern Ontario school board was used to gather frequency data in addition to exploring the associations between mental health, feelings of safety and experiences with bullying. Furthermore, a photovoice component was administered in a select school, intended to gain a deeper understanding of what leads children to feel safe and unsafe, while in school. Results highlight the number of children experiencing mental health concerns as well as the importance of support systems for children to feel safe and secure at school. The results are discussed in connection to previous findings that indicate the critical importance of exploring children’s experiences in school to aid in the promotion of safe, healthy school settings. Implications for schools and children’s mental health promotion and prevention efforts are discussed.