Measuring Bullying: Assessment Compendium

The CDC’s Compendium of Assessment Tools (cited below) is a great resource if you are looking to assess bullying victimization, perpetration, and bystander experiences. It includes bully-only scales, victim-only scales, combinations of both, and bully, victim, AND bystander scales. Each scale is included in the compendium guide, along with guidelines and scoring instructions.

Bully Measures:

  • Aggression Scale (11 items)
  • Bullying-Behavior Scale (6 items)
  • Children’s Social Behavior Scale – Self Report (15 items)
  • Modified Aggression Scale (9 items)

Victim Measures:

  • Gatehouse Bullying Scale (12 items)
  • Multidimensional Peer-Victimization Scale (16 items)
  • “My Life in School” Checklist (40 items)
  • Perception of Teasing Scale (22 items)
  • Peer Victimization Scale (6 items)
  • Retrospective Bullying Questionnaire (44 items)
  • Victimization Scale (10 items)
  • Weight-Based Teasing Scale (5 items)

Bully and Victim Scales

  • AAUW Sexual Harrassment Survey (14)
  • Adolescent Peer Relations Instrument (36)
  • Child Social Behavior Questionnaire (24)
  • Homophobic Content Agent Target Scale (10)
  • Illinois Bully Scale (18)
  • Introducing My Classmates (8)
  • Modified Peer Nomination Inventory (26)
  • Olweus Bullying Questionnaire (39)
  • Peer Interactions in Primary School Questionnaire (22)
  • Reduced Aggression/Victimization Scale (11)
  • School Life Survey (24)
  • School Relationships Questionnaire (20)
  • Setting the Record Straight (30)

Bystander, Bully, and/or Victim Scales

  • Bully Survey
  • Cyberbullying and Online Aggression Survey (52)
  • Cyber-Harrassment Student Survey (15)
  • Exposure to Violence and Violent Behavior Checklist (135)
  • GLSEN National School Climate Survey (68)
  • Participant Role Questionnaire (15)
  • Peer Estimated Conflict Behavior Inventory
  • Student School Survey (70)

Hamburger, M. E., Basile, K. C., & Vivolo, A. M. (2011). Measuring bullying victimization, perpetration, and bystander experiences: A compendium of assessment tools. Center for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control – Division of Violence Prevention. Retrieved from


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