Abstract Forms Of Thinking: Adolescent Bullying And Suicide

DENISE SHELLEY, NEWNHAM (2014) Abstract Forms Of Thinking: Adolescent Bullying And Suicide. In: Second International Conference on Advances in Economics, Management and Social Study - EMS 2014, 20 - 21 December, 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Categorization is fundamental to human existence (Saljo and Hjorne, 2009). Essential as it may be this form of thinking has negative consequences. Bullying has become a public concern in the United States and the United Kingdom due to large scale shootings and suicides. King-Shaw (2008) maintains that adolescent who do not have the needed support from teachers, parents or friends may experience long term psychological problems or resort to suicide. A Change Laboratory (Virkkunen and Newnham, 2013) was held with 35 immigrant school going adolescents. The results revealed that there is indeed a process of internalization of the social world but that it is personally transformed in order to arrive at a negative or positive form of sense making. The adolescents reworked the negative ways of perceiving their socio-cultural spaces and selves through questioning socio-cultural abstract forms of thinking.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abstract thinking; bullying; suicide; formative intervention, change laboratory
Depositing User: Mr. John Steve
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2019 06:35
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2019 06:35
URI: http://publications.theired.org/id/eprint/1269

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