Getting Serious

14 04 2010

Annotated Bibliography

Ozgur Erdur-Baker “ Cyber bullying and its correlation to traditional bullying, gender and frequent and risky usage of internet-mediated communication tools,” New Media and Society, Vol. 12, February, 2010, pp.109-125. This study investigated the relationships between cyber and traditional bullying experiences regarding gender differences. In addition, the contributions of often and risky usage of Internet to cyber bullying experiences were examined. The results depicted that 32% of the students were victims of both cyber and traditional bullying, while 26% of the students bullied others in both cyber and physical environments.

Carter Hay, Ryan Meldrum “Bullying Victimization and Adolescent Self-Harm: Testing Hypotheses from General Strain Theory, “ Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Vol. 39, May, 2010, pp. 446-459. The data for this study comes from a school-based survey of adolescents in a rural county of a southeastern state (n = 426); 50% of subjects are female, their mean age was 15 years, and non-Hispanic whites represent 66% of the sample. The results revealed that both types of bullying are positively related to self-harm and suicidal ideation, net of controls. Also, those relationships are partially mediated by the negative emotions experienced by those who are bullied and partially moderated by features of the adolescent’s social environment and self.

Ersilia Menesini, Marco Modena, Franca Tani “ Bullying and Victimization in Adolescence: Concurrent and Stable Roles and Psychological Health Symptopms,” Journal of Genetic Psychology, Vol. 170, June, 2009, pp.115-134. In their article, authors selected 537 participants, aged from 13 to 20, based on their response to a self-report bully and victim questionnaire. Then authors compared the concurrent psychological symptoms of 4 groups (bullies, victims, bully/victims, and uninvolved students). The results demonstrated that bullies reported a higher level of externalizing problems, victims reported more internalizing symptoms, and bully/victims reported both a higher level of externalizing problems and more internalizing symptoms.

Methodology

While conducting my research I will be interviewing college students from various colleges such as Queens College, Baruch College, City Tech and York College. By interviewing student from different colleges it will give me a wider perspective about my topic. As I mentioned before almost every high school student have bullied or have been a victim of bullying. I will be asking them about their experiences regarding bullying in their school days and how it has effect them in their life’s.

The other part of my research will take in the account of their present lifestyle and find out if bullying has made an impact good/bad in their lives. I will be asking them if they still get bullied by their fellow students or by teachers and ask them what they do differently to deal with it now.

The visual lens of my research topic will examine if there is any gender discrimination in bullying, in order to be completely fair my participants will be equally divided by gender and also I will be asking them the same questions.

Ethics

I will disclose all required information to my participants and I will make sure they are aware of all the possible consequences. I will make sure that there will be no discrimination towards race, age, religion and gender.

Their identity and the information’s will be kept anonymous. The obtained feedback and data will solely be used for my research only. If their information is used without their consent they have right to take legal actions.

As I will be interviewing college students, I will not have to get permission from their legal guardians’ in order to interview them.

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