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Mobbning - ett groupthink-fenomen? : En gruppsykologisk fördjupning av mobbning

Heintz, Maria (2004)
School of Social Work
Abstract
The purpose of this essay was to examine and shed light on bullying as a groupprocess, a social phenomenon taking place in a school setting, to increase the understanding of the phenomenon. A theoretical overview of the litterature on bullying was made to investigate bullying and to give the reader a view of the researchfield. A total of 77 articles was studied. With the intention of studying bullying from a groupsychology perspective a metaanalysis was performed discussing groupphenomenon such as rolebehavior, responsibility, cohesiveness and norms in comparison to bullying episodes.

Stemming from this analysis the question whether bullying can be view as a response to groupthink emerged. This question also constituted the secondary aim... (More)
The purpose of this essay was to examine and shed light on bullying as a groupprocess, a social phenomenon taking place in a school setting, to increase the understanding of the phenomenon. A theoretical overview of the litterature on bullying was made to investigate bullying and to give the reader a view of the researchfield. A total of 77 articles was studied. With the intention of studying bullying from a groupsychology perspective a metaanalysis was performed discussing groupphenomenon such as rolebehavior, responsibility, cohesiveness and norms in comparison to bullying episodes.

Stemming from this analysis the question whether bullying can be view as a response to groupthink emerged. This question also constituted the secondary aim of this thesis. Using the material from the first part of the thesis a theoretical discussion was constituted laborating with the hypothesis that bullying can be viewed as a groupthinkphenomenon. Janis' concept of groupthink was used as a basis for the discussion. The conclusion of the analysis was that since bullying is performed in a social setting there's evidence that the group in which the bullying takes place is part of and directly effect the prevalence of bullying. Whether bullying can be seen as a groupthinkphenomenon or not was not concluded and further research is needed to examine the effects of the group in bullying episodes. (Less)
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author
Heintz, Maria
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
mobbning, roller, normer, gruppsykologi, Social psychology, Socialpsykologi
language
Swedish
id
1333742
date added to LUP
2004-12-16
date last changed
2004-12-20
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this essay was to examine and shed light on bullying as a groupprocess, a social phenomenon taking place in a school setting, to increase the understanding of the phenomenon. A theoretical overview of the litterature on bullying was made to investigate bullying and to give the reader a view of the researchfield. A total of 77 articles was studied. With the intention of studying bullying from a groupsychology perspective a metaanalysis was performed discussing groupphenomenon such as rolebehavior, responsibility, cohesiveness and norms in comparison to bullying episodes.

Stemming from this analysis the question whether bullying can be view as a response to groupthink emerged. This question also constituted the secondary aim of this thesis. Using the material from the first part of the thesis a theoretical discussion was constituted laborating with the hypothesis that bullying can be viewed as a groupthinkphenomenon. Janis' concept of groupthink was used as a basis for the discussion. The conclusion of the analysis was that since bullying is performed in a social setting there's evidence that the group in which the bullying takes place is part of and directly effect the prevalence of bullying. Whether bullying can be seen as a groupthinkphenomenon or not was not concluded and further research is needed to examine the effects of the group in bullying episodes.},
  author       = {Heintz, Maria},
  keyword      = {mobbning,roller,normer,gruppsykologi,Social psychology,Socialpsykologi},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Mobbning - ett groupthink-fenomen? : En gruppsykologisk fördjupning av mobbning},
  year         = {2004},
}