Cultivating reputations: The social goal of Western Australian primary school bullies

Nathan, Elijah, Houghton, Stephen, Tan, Carol and Carroll, Annemaree (2011) Cultivating reputations: The social goal of Western Australian primary school bullies. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 21 1: 33-48. doi:10.1375/ajgc.21.1.33

Author Nathan, Elijah
Houghton, Stephen
Tan, Carol
Carroll, Annemaree
Title Cultivating reputations: The social goal of Western Australian primary school bullies
Journal name Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1037-2911
Publication date 2011-01-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1375/ajgc.21.1.33
Open Access Status
Volume 21
Issue 1
Start page 33
End page 48
Total pages 16
Place of publication Bowen Hills, Qld., Australia
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: This research sought to determine the significance of reputation in the lives of bullies particularly in relation to the social purposes it serves and the goals that are met through its enhancement.
Method: One hundred and thirty-two (62 males and 70 females) Western Australian Grades 5, 6 and 7 primary school children completed the Reputation Enhancement scale. Of these students, 38 had official records of suspension from school for bullying peers.
Major Findings: A multivariate analysis of variance revealed significant differences between bullies and nonbullies in their reputational orientations. Bullies admired peers involved in nonconforming activities and believed that peers of the same age held similar views. Furthermore, these bullies believed that others perceived them as nonconforming and as breaking the rules, and they (i.e., the bullies) ideally wished to be perceived in this way. These findings are discussed in the light of reputation enhancement theory as a motivator for bullying and the approaches that schools might take to address it.
Keyword Bullying
Social identity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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