ERIC Number: EJ719241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-1
Reference Count: 80
Adolescent Rules for Social Exclusion: When Is It Fair to Exclude Someone Else?
Leets, Laura; Sunwolf
Journal of Moral Education, v34 n3 p343-362 Sep 2005
This study identified and described adolescents' exclusion rules and how they were related to their real world exclusionary behaviours. Adolescents (N=682) were asked to provide (a) an account and rationale for excluding a peer who wanted to join their group; and (b) general rules for when exclusion was fair. A content analysis of the narratives suggested seven rejection rules that were somewhat consistent with adolescents' reported acts of social exclusion: (a) unattractive; (b) punishment; (c) dangerous; (d) group loyalty; (e) benevolent protection; (f) unqualified; and (g) never. The data demonstrated that adolescent peer groups provide fertile soil for cultivating and performing moral exclusion. Both theoretical and applied implications of the findings are discussed.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Social Isolation, Content Analysis, Peer Groups, Peer Acceptance, High School Students, Urban Schools, Rejection (Psychology)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States