Date of Degree

2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Social Welfare

Advisor

Miriam Abramovitz

Committee Members

Darryl Wheeler

Elizabeth Danto

Subject Categories

Social Welfare

Abstract

This project is a systematic review of the US quantitative, empirical studies on the effects of school bullying for the purpose of determining the degree to which Jurgen Habermas’s social theory, the theory of communicative action, can be used to understand the constellation of measured effects. School bullying is defined as a systematic abuse of power: the empirical literature on school bullying, therefore, provides a large data set on the abuse of power. The review finds strong consistency between the theory and the results of selected studies suggesting that Habermas’s theory of communicative action can explain and predict the mechanisms through which the bullying experience can affect the targeted child.

Comments

Digital reproduction from the UMI microform.

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