Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)


School of Public Health

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, vii, 126 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Jennifer Manganello

Committee Members

Melissa Tracy, Barry Loneck


bully, domestic violence, obesity, substance use, victim, weight, Bullying, Bullies, Family violence, Obesity, Obesity in children, Anger in children, Substance abuse

Subject Categories

Public Health | Public Policy


Domestic violence has been shown to increase the risk of bullying behavior among youth. Substance use and excess weight have also been linked to bullying behaviors. The purpose of this study was to determine what anti-bullying interventions have been implemented throughout the United States, and to identify the role of three risk factors (domestic violence, excessive weight or substance use) on bullying behaviors. For this study domestic violence will be defined as experiencing domestic violence or witnessing inter-parental domestic violence. A literature review (Study 1) was conducted to identify studies and summarize interventions aimed at reducing bullying behaviors among middle-school age youth. A secondary data analysis (Study 2) was done to explore the impact domestic violence has on bullying behavior among youth, and whether overweight status and substance use mediate or moderate that relationship.