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ERIC Number: EJ970874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1478-8497
In Search of Respect: A Qualitative Study Exploring Youth Perceptions
King, Keith A.; Vidourek, Rebecca A.
International Journal on School Disaffection, v7 n1 p5-17 2010
Focus groups were conducted with middle and high school students (N = 78) in nine urban, suburban and rural schools to examine students' perceptions regarding school-based respect. Students defined school-based respect as treating others as you would like to be treated, listening to others, honoring others' property/personal space, and refraining from talking behind others' backs. Teasing and making fun of others were the most common definitions of disrespect. Students felt disrespect was caused by trying to fit into a group; feeling jealous/insecure; wanting revenge; and racial/ethnic differences. Students cited violence, bullying, alcohol/drug use, and depression as problems occurring from disrespect. Suggested strategies to increase respect included student activities, mentoring programs, promotion of violence-free schools, assemblies, and requirement of school uniforms. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio