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Perception of bullying-like phenomena in South Korea: a qualitative approach from a lifespan perspective

Perception of bullying-like phenomena in South Korea: a qualitative approach from a lifespan perspective

Lee, Seungha, Smith, Peter K. and Monks, Claire P. ORCID: 0000-0003-2638-181X (2011) Perception of bullying-like phenomena in South Korea: a qualitative approach from a lifespan perspective. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 3 (4). pp. 210-221. ISSN 1759-6599 (Print), 2042-8715 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/17596591111187738)

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Abstract

This study investigates perceptions of bullying-like behaviours in South Korea,from young children to adults, using a qualitative approach. Focus groups were conducted across different age ranges, from preschool to workplace employees. 113 participants were shown cartoons or descriptions of negative behaviours and asked ‘why these happened’, and ‘what do you think about them’. Interview transcripts were analysed by grounded theory. Similarities and differences across ages were found for two themes, origin and judgment of behaviours. Situational and interpersonal factors were seen as important in causing the behaviours, both in school and workplace. 15-17 year old pupils and mothers considered the behaviours less acceptable than younger pupils; whereas 10-15 year old pupils and workplace employees showed more justification of the behaviours and were more likely to attribute the situation to victim’s responsibility. The findings are discussed in relation to similar phenomena in western cultures, and the particular nature of Korean bullying or wang-ta.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Acknowledgements (funding): This study was in part supported by a PMI2 Connect Research Co‐operation award: “Preventing school bullying: cross‐national perspectives on intervention between the UK and South Korea” from the British Council, which is gratefully acknowledged.
Uncontrolled Keywords: bullying, aggression, age differences, wang-ta, South Korea
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8575

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