Perspectives on the involvement of teenage girls in school violence

Khumalo, Zanele (1998) Perspectives on the involvement of teenage girls in school violence. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Current literature says that youth violence is on the rise, and it also specifically says that teenage girls are becoming more and more violent and getting involved in school violence as well. -- Findings from this case study conducted in one inner-city Junior High School, unfortunately, confirm most of the claims made in the literature. This study shows that violence among teenage girls is a reality in this school; girls are involved in both physical and verbal forms of violence. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of it is their consideration of verbal violence as unimportant and rationalizing it as horsing around. -- The findings further show that peer pressure, the desire to be accepted and liked by their peers and the need they feel to protect them from bullies are the main factors that push these girls into violence. Further shown by these findings is the frustration and feelings of helplessness expressed by parents and teachers who indicate not knowing how to provide guidance and discipline to the youth without being accused of having overstepped their bounds and engaging in illegal behaviour. -- Nevertheless, it seems clear that these girls need help. It will not be without challenges, though, because of the stereotypes society holds about gender and violence coupled with the difficulty in detecting it. With some effort and cooperation from parents, teachers, community members, government and its agencies and the youth, teenage violence may be overcome.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1119
Item ID: 1119
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 138-141
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1998
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: School violence; Teenage girls; Violence in children

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