ERIC Number: EJ1196142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
High School Bystanders Motivation and Response during Bias-Based Bullying
Williams, Amanda J.; Banks, Courtney S.; Blake, Jamilia J.
Psychology in the Schools, v55 n10 p1259-1273 Dec 2018
Bias-based bullying focused on sexual orientation or gender identity in schools has significant negative implications for the academic, social, and emotional well-being of students who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, or who are perceived to behave in gender nonconforming ways. Despite empirical support for the influence of bystander behavior can have on school bullying, information about bystander behavior during bias-based bullying remains limited. Using a thematic narrative analysis, this study analyzed high school students' perceptions of bystander behavior in their school. Results suggest bystanders are observed to enact a range of responses that fall into three categories: (a) passive avoidance, (b) victim support, or (c) joining the bullying situation. Furthermore, the motivation of bystanders was described within the themes of (a) fear, (b) individual characteristics, (c) relationships, and (d) personal experience. By drawing from the daily lived experiences of adolescents, the current study offers greater insight into youth perspective on how future strategies could address bias-based bullying in schools. This study is foundational to increase the ecological validity of efforts to quantify bias-based bullying.
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Motivation, Bullying, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Well Being, Homosexuality, Student Attitudes, Adolescents, Youth
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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