WrittenAssignment (3) - 3035351630 Wong Yuk Camille CCGL9007 Youth in Global World Is bullying a Rite of Passage in adolescent development Examine the

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3035351630 Wong Yuk Camille CCGL9007 Youth in Global World Is bullying a “Rite of Passage” in adolescent development? Examine the nature of bullying and discuss how it might help or hinder adolescent psychological development. Michael. J. Fox said “One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered”. Bullying is using force, insults or threats to abuse others. Bullying can be divided into four types: emotional, verbal, physical or cyber. A ‘rite of passage’ is a ceremony that represents a stage of developmental growth, which everyone in that social group must undergo, and which leads to greater social cohesion. In some social groups there are rites which involve physical, emotional and/or verbal bullying as part of an ‘initiation’ to be accepted by the group. To answer if bullying can be seen as a ‘rite of passage’ and explore bullying’s impact on adolescent development, this paper will focus on both bullying which seeks to victimize the person targetted and on initiation rites which seek to cause emotional distress with the ostensible aim of creating social bonding. The claim that bullying is a form of rite of passage, helping an individual to develop and to bond more closely within a group, will be shown to be false, but it will also be shown that some behaviour which coincides with the definition of bullying above can be a rite of passage. To begin with, there is an argument that bullying can be a ‘rite of passage’ which toughens up the student and helps them learn to manage disputes, much as putting one’s hand into a glove filled with bullet ants is supposed to prepare one for life as a warrior in the Amazon. The argument is that bullying might bring psychological development to teenagers by encouraging them to harden or to fit in more smoothly with others. This argument is false for two reasons. First, if an individual is singled out for physical or mental abuse this cannot be considered a ‘rite of passage’ because not everyone in the group undergoes the same trial.
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