An investigation into the perceptions of youths in early adolescence concerning the role a child’s body shape plays in bullying

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dc.contributor.advisor Bezuidenhout, Christiaan en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Coertze, Sara Louise en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-06T22:45:28Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-28 en
dc.date.available 2013-09-06T22:45:28Z
dc.date.created 2013-04-19 en
dc.date.issued 2013-06-28 en
dc.date.submitted 2013-06-18 en
dc.description Dissertation (MA)--University of Pretoria, 2013. en
dc.description.abstract Obesity has become a global pandemic that not only affects adults, but also children and adolescents. It has been found that obesity among children and adolescents has emotional, social, physical and psychological ramifications, one of which is bullying. Very little has been written on the effects obesity in early adolescence has on bullying behaviour in a South African context. For this reason the researcher deemed it necessary to study the perceptions of youths in early adolescence with regard to obesity and bullying. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 35 early adolescents from the Brooklyn policing precinct in the east of Pretoria. The data were assessed through content and interpretative phenomenological analysis. Thus the researcher tried to capture the essence of each individual interview. Several themes emerged from the data analysis, of which the most noteworthy were what youths in early adolescence perceive as bullying; the influence of bullying on behaviour; a general overview of perpetrators and victims of bullying; and the correlation between an early adolescent’s body shape and victimisation. The findings give insight into how obese young adolescents are perceived and treated by their peers. Furthermore, the findings elucidate what early adolescents perceive as bullying and possible reasons for such behaviour. By identifying the perceptions held by early adolescents, programmes can be implemented to address these stereotypes, thus decreasing the potential victimisation of overweight/obese youths in early adolescence. en
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dc.description.department Social Work and Criminology en
dc.identifier.citation Coertze, SL 2012, An investigation into the perceptions of youths in early adolescence concerning the role a child’s body shape plays in bullying, MA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://hdl.handle.net/2263/25635 > en
dc.identifier.other E13/4/745/gm en
dc.identifier.upetdurl http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-06182013-121811/ en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/25635
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights © 2012 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria en
dc.subject Peer group en
dc.subject Body mass index en
dc.subject Body shape en
dc.subject Bullying en
dc.subject Early adolescence en
dc.subject Diet en
dc.subject Obesity en
dc.subject Perpetrator en
dc.subject Victimisation en
dc.subject Youth en
dc.subject Bmi en
dc.subject UCTD en_US
dc.title An investigation into the perceptions of youths in early adolescence concerning the role a child’s body shape plays in bullying en
dc.type Dissertation en


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