Award Date

12-1-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Counselor Education

First Committee Member

Shannon Smith

Second Committee Member

Jared Lau

Third Committee Member

Paul Jones

Fourth Committee Member

Stephen Fife

Number of Pages

78

Abstract

Bullying is an aggressive act performed repeatedly on another enacting a power differential. This thesis utilized data collected from The Anti-Bullying Prevention Pilot Program (ABPPP), which studied bullying within eleven schools in a large metropolitan area in southwestern United States. The program was aimed to increase positive school climate through the use of Operation Respect and Welcoming Schools programs.

Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) and mixed methods approaches were used in order to analyze interviews and questionnaires. Grounded Theory analysis procedures were used to code the information, and thick descriptions were utilized to illustrate the occurrence of dehumanization among across four specified typologies. Dehumanization involves reducing an individual to that of a lesser being. There are two forms of dehumanization which are addressed within this research, animalistic dehumanization and mechanistic dehumanization as presented within Haslam's (2006) model. This thesis will contribute to the literature by examining bullying behaviors through dehumanization model across four typologies.

Keywords

Aggressiveness; Anti-Bullying program; Behaviors; Bullying; Bullying – Prevention; Bullying in schools; Dehumanization; Respect for persons

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Education

Language

English


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