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ERIC Number: ED561805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 147
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3034-7078-3
Addressing Bullying and Cyber-Bullying Behaviors among Adolescents: A Participatory Action Approach
Green-Forde, Claire
ProQuest LLC, D.S.W. Dissertation, Capella University
Bullying has been recognized as a significant social issue and research has shown that bullying behaviors tend to increase during the middle school years. Research trends indicate that current attention given to bullying has been influenced by public outcry against a growing number of tragic school and community-based events involving youth, many of which have been linked to bullying. Traditional face-to-face bullying has also evolved to include newer forms of harassment termed cyber-bullying; this is enacted through electronic mediums. Research indicates that experiencing traditional bullying and cyber-bullying is harmful to youth. While there has been a tremendous increase in the availability of research regarding bullying and cyber-bullying behaviors, what remains unclear is why interventions and programs aimed at addressing these behaviors among youth are often unsuccessful. The purpose of this mixed methodology participatory action research (PAR) study was to explore ways to help school personnel at "the Academy" (pseudonym), a predominately Black-Caribbean, K-8th grade Catholic Middle School in the New York City area, collaborate with their students in the development of anti-bullying interventions. Students between the 6-8th grade were surveyed regarding their willingness to collaborate with staff around bullying prevention and were also asked about bullying programming suggestions. Semi-structured interviews and focus groups were used to help the staff identify ways to collaborate with their students. Participatory Action Research has been shown to be a useful tool in increasing collaboration between students and teachers; the findings of the study suggests the importance of adults actively engaging students through direct communication as well as involving students in the development of bullying rules and policies within their school. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 7; Grade 8
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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