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An investigation into homophobic bullying in the education system and the prevalence of homophobic language in a secondary school environment.

Akhtar, Zobiah (2011)
Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Volume one comprises of two parts. Part one is a critical literature review which discusses the research into bullying in schools. There is a particular focus on the nature and prevalence of homophobic bullying and the use of homophobic language within the school environment and the impact of this on young people who are subjected to this type of abuse. Part two is an empirical paper based on the research project conducted by the author during her training on the Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctoral programme. The research investigates the use of homophobic language within a single secondary school from the perspective of young people. The research is a two part study, where both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods are utilised. The overall results highlight that young people who use remarks and language that are homophobic often perceive these remarks and language as banter amongst peers and are not always aware of the emotional distress this can cause to young people who are vulnerable to this form of bullying.

Type of Work:Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Williams, Huw and Morris, Susan K
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:School of Education
Subjects:LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
LC Special aspects of education
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3157
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