Submission Date


Document Type

Paper- Restricted to Campus Access


Media & Communication Studies


Sheryl Goodman

Committee Member

Louise Woodstock

Committee Member

Jon Volkmer

Department Chair

Louise Woodstock

Project Description

In this autoethnography, the researcher examines the effects of an experience she had with relational bullying. She explores the meaning of friendship and abusive relationships, and what it means to be a victim. Also, she explains why girls who face this particular type of bullying might choose not to tell anyone about it; a fear exists of being labeled a “drama queen.” The overall purpose of this study is to use autoethnography to help people understand why there is more to relational bullying than just “girl drama.” It can also serve to help other victims with similar experiences feel less alone, help researchers, teachers, and parents better understand and address the effects of relational bullying, and start a discussion on an issue that is often overlooked.