TITLE

Bullying in Schools: Addressing Desires, Not Only Behaviours

AUTHOR(S)
Rigby, Ken
PUB. DATE
June 2012
SOURCE
Educational Psychology Review;Jun2012, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p339
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Currently the main approach in responding to bullying in schools is to focus on undesired behaviours and to apply sanctions. This approach is often ineffective as well as failing to address the needs of children as persons as distinct from the behaviour they produce. A proposed alternative approach is to inquire into the motivation of children who bully and to identify the desires that bullying behaviour seeks to satisfy. This paper provides a critique of the conception of bullying as located in the desire to hurt others, as proposed by Tattum and Tattum (). It examines a range of desires, as inferred from the reasons schoolchildren give for bullying others, that may, under some circumstances, lead them to engage in bullying. Finally, it considers how a primary focus on children's desires rather than on their behaviour, may result in more effective and humane methods of dealing with the problem of bullying in schools.
ACCESSION #
74638575

 

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