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Survey Instrument to Assess the Prevalence of Hazing and Bullying in the Active-Duty U.S. Military

Published Oct 18, 2021

by Miriam Matthews, Coreen Farris, Andrew R. Morral, Terry L. Schell, Kirsten M. Keller


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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.

This research was sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and conducted by the Forces and Resources Policy Center within the RAND National Security Research Division.

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