Child Relationship Survey

Bullying and e-safety
Child Relationship Survey

This survey has been developed by #2 world leader in research and influence on bullying work in the last 10 years, based on 5,812 eligible articles published since 2011. The scale uses behavioural descriptions only; at no point is the term bullied or bullying used and the survey has been set as anonymous. Bullying is a global issue; across 38 countries or regions, one in three children report being bullied (World Health Organisation).Being bullied is reported to have adverse effects, including physical or mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, an increased risk of self-harm, and attempt or completion of suicide. The effects on health and employment can last into early adulthood and even midlife. This survey has been used in numerous studies to assess bullying and victimization. In recent years it has been extended with items on cyberbullying and used in studies such as the BASE study. There are 5 items on direct victimization e.g., “been hit/beaten up”; 4 items on relational victimization e.g., “had nasty lies/rumours spread about you"; 4 items asked about cyber-victimization e.g., “had rumours spread about you online”; 4 items asked about sibling bullying e.g., "call you nasty names". This survey allows a school to understand peer vs sibling bullying, a subject area that has not received enough prominence. Furthermore, this survey allows for the classification of an individual in 1 of 4 roles for each of direct bullying (physical), relational bullying, cyber bullying separately or overall bullying (all three types of bullying) i.e (1) ‘pure bully’ (perpetrator of aggressive acts only); (2) ‘pure victim’ (receiver of aggressive acts only); (3) ‘bully/victim’ (both perpetrator and receiver); and (4) ‘neutral’ roles (non-involvement in bullying or victimisation)

Age Range



Direct victimisation
Relational victimisation
Cyber victimisation
Bullying Perpetration
Direct bullying
Relational bullying
Cyber bullying

Researcher(s) or Author(s)

Wolke, D., Lee, K., & Guy, A. Plus Wolke, D., & Samara, M. M. (Incorporating sibling bullying questions)

Found in

Pro (Secondary)
Pro (primary)

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