This survey is about social life and bullying in public or subsidized residential communities for elderly and people with disabilities in Massachusetts. This research will be used to help create a count of the absence or presence of bullying in public and multifamily housing; the conditions that enable or stop bullying, and to find ways to reduce and eliminate bullying in these residential communities.

This survey seeks to measure the impact and prevalence of bullying.  Thus, we want to capture both experiences with bullying as well as feedback from people who live in healthy, positive situations free from any type or form of bullying.

Bullying is the intentional, repeated attempt by one or more persons to impose wrongful (lacking the appropriate role or authority), harmful control over one or more other persons.

Bullying tactics include gossip and actions that demean, disrespect, and devalue the other, and can include disrupting the victim's social relations, excluding them from joining activities, and even lead to shunning and isolation.

Bullying can occur due to someone’s disability or membership in a particular group, such as race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, marital status, children, past involvement in a discrimination complaint, veteran status, or status as a recipient of public assistance.

The questions focus on your experience with the residential community where you live or work now. We do not ask for your name or any personal identifying information, and we ask only for the location and zip code of the community so we can map the answers statewide.

Note: If there is only a single public or subsidized residential community in your locality or zip code, you may omit this information so as not to identify the development.

No information to identify any respondent or any specific housing development will be collected. If you have any questions about the survey, please email Michael.Kelleher2@MassMail.State.MA.US