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Experiences of indirect aggression: a systemic investigation

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dc.contributor.advisor Fourie, D. P. en
dc.contributor.author Preininger, D. T. en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T10:55:05Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T10:55:05Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08
dc.date.submitted 2007-11 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/1632
dc.description.abstract The past 20 years have seen a growing interest amongst researchers into indirect forms of aggression and bullying. The evidence suggests that covert forms of aggression are largely used by adolescent girls as a means of inflicting harm on another and that the effects of such interactions can be detrimental to the individual's psychological and emotional well-being. This study aims to explore the social experiences of four adolescent girls, with particular reference to indirect aggression practices that they may have encountered. Data was collected in the form of unstructured interviews, which were conducted with each participant separately. Prominent themes were then identified and explored by the researcher. This was done from a systemic epistemological stance within the post-modern paradigm. A qualitative methodological design was followed allowing for the personal experiences and meaning attributions of each participant to come to the fore. The study's results were presented in the form of descriptive text with particular reference to the systemic processes that came to the fore. Overall, the study explicated the unique experiences of four adolescent girls with indirect aggression and how these experiences are interwoven with systemic processes that take place in social groups. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (viii,267 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Indirect aggression en
dc.subject Covert aggression en
dc.subject Adolescents en
dc.subject Systemic epistemology en
dc.subject Social constructionism en
dc.subject Post-modernism en
dc.subject Qualitative research en
dc.subject Hermeneutics en
dc.subject.ddc 155.232
dc.subject.lcsh Aggressiveness
dc.subject.lcsh Interpersonal conflict
dc.title Experiences of indirect aggression: a systemic investigation en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Psychology en
dc.description.degree M. A. (Clinical Psychology) en


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