Award Date

8-1-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Counselor Education

First Committee Member

Shannon Smith

Second Committee Member

Jesse Brinson

Third Committee Member

Larry Ashley

Fourth Committee Member

Michelle Carro

Number of Pages

61

Abstract

Children in the K-12 school environment who identify in the sexually underrepresented groups experience the effects of heterosexism, which is a manifestation of oppressive bullying. This work explores and analyzes the results of Anti-Bullying Prevention Pilot Program (ABPPP) which is a large-scale three-year evaluation. This study analyzed qualitative data (structured interviews) by utilizing a Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) and Mixed Methods approach to find the emergent theme of heterosexism. Grounded Theory was then used to code that information. This work found thick descriptions which illustrated the presence of heterosexist bias in the qualitative data. Thus, this writer proposes a model of liberation that works to deconstruct heterosexist bias in the implementation and operation of bullying prevention programs to then reconstruct an environment that supports sexually underrepresented groups. This work hopes to provide future research an impetus to explore the presence of heterosexism and to then study a possible relationship with the incidence of oppressive bullying.

Keywords

Bullying; Bullying in schools – Prevention; Faculty; Heterosexism; Homophobia; Oppression (Psychology); Schools; Students; Teachers

Disciplines

Counseling Psychology | Educational Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Language

English


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