Unveiling Power: Exploring the Role of Humor in Student Bullying Across Cultures (81091)

Session Information: Mental Health and Psychology in Education
Session Chair: Alberto De Melo Albuquerque

Sunday, 26 May 2024 14:10
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 605
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Bullying is a global educational concern, transcending cultural boundaries and significantly impacting student mental health. This behavior involves physical aggression and utilizes language and communication as instruments of power. The complexity of bullying is further nuanced when humor is introduced as both a weapon for bullies and a shield for victims. This presentation proposes to delve into the under-researched area of humor's role in bullying, with a specific focus on Japan and Brazil—countries with notably high incidences of bullying. The study leverages retrospective online questionnaires to gather data from Japanese university students and Brazilian high school students. It explores their personal bullying experiences and their perception of humor's role within them, set against the backdrop of their distinct sociocultural landscapes. Preliminary findings suggest significant parallels in the bullying dynamics of both nations, despite their diverse cultural frameworks. This presentation will discuss the imperative of effectively dissecting bullying through a communicative lens to disrupt its cycle. By examining the communicative underpinnings of bullying, we can move beyond mere suppression of bullying behaviors to a transformative approach that addresses the foundational communication patterns. The ultimate goal is to inform and shape interventions that cultivate an educational ethos of respect, inclusivity, and kindness, thus catering to the multifaceted needs of a diverse student population. This presentation aims to foster wide-reaching strategies for anti-bullying and educational policies.

Alberto De Melo Albuquerque, Yamanashi Gakuin University, Japan

About the Presenter(s)
Alberto M. Albuquerque - Yamanashi Gakuin University - Tenured professor.

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