In 2016, the RAND Corporation was asked to develop a survey instrument to measure the incidence of hazing and bullying in the active-duty U.S. military. The instrument needed to align with evolving definitions of hazing and bullying and feature a limited number of survey items to reduce survey fatigue.
In this report, the authors describe the development and design of the survey instrument and offer suggestions for improved future versions that would not preclude trend analysis between the original fielding and subsequent fieldings.
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Initial Development of Draft Hazing and Bullying Measures
Cognitive Interviews with Service Members
Department of Defense–Revised Bullying and Hazing Instrument Following Incorporation of Cognitive Interview Recommendations
Summary of Published Hazing and Workplace Bullying and Cyberbullying Survey Instruments
RAND Draft Bullying and Hazing Instrument
Department of Defense–Revised Bullying and Hazing Instrument
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