Social Control and Criminal Deviance Bullying


SocialControl and Criminal Deviance: Bullying

SocialControl and Criminal Deviance: Bullying

The complexityof research conducted on human beings calls for adherence to ethicalguidelines, not only during collection of data but also duringanalyzing data. Observation of one`s biases, societal perceptions,and research issues is a vital point when conducting research onbullying. An understanding of the most important step to researchanalysis on bullying forms a foundation for explanation of therelationship between bullying and other societal aspects such asagents of socialization.

Importantstep in research

The mostsignificant step in analyzing bullying is the formulation of theresearch problem. Bullying as a social issue does not in itself bringforth to a researchable problem. Therefore, when examining thisconcept, it is important for a researcher to come up with an adequateproblem statement related to the general problem of bullying.Formulating an effective problem statement allows a researcher tocome up with a clearly defined researchable question thatautomatically reflects the purpose of his or her research.

Relationshipbetween Bullying and Agents of Socialization

Peers, teachersand school, and family form the agents of socialization. According tothe film “From School Yard Bullying to Genocide” by BarbaraColoraso (2014), the presenter argues that the behavior of bullies isnot acquired morally or naturally instead, it is a learned behavior,which means that they learn from their agents of socialization. Thefamily is the first social agency where a child can learn bullying.Ensuring that the family environment is free from harassment anddisrespect for other human beings should be taken into consideration.

When childrenare not at home, they are likely to be with their peers. Many a time,bullying happens within groups of peers. Not only do peers promotebullying acts, but also prevent bullying behavior and its relatedeffects. Bullying and peers relate in a complex manner, and it existsat multiple levels. Therefore, interventions should focus on thegroup as a whole. Coloroso (2014) suggested the importance ofspeaking and standing up for others when they are bullied. The schoolclimate and relationship with teachers are also relational tobullying. For prevention of bullying, teachers should ensure thatschool values in leadership, teaching and learning, organizationalstructures, and in interpersonal relationships are adhered to by allthe stakeholders. Coloraso (2014) observed that failure to curbbehavior at an early age could lead to more adverse effects such ashate crimes, genocide, and massacre.


To analyze andunderstand the concept of bullying, the researchers must formulate aresearch problem that will assist them to come up with researchablequestions. Bullying relates to various factors including the agentsof socialization such as peers, teachers and schools, and family.Prevention of adverse effects of bullying call for measures likestanding up for those who are bullied as well as treating every humankind with dignity.


Coloroso, B.(2014, Feb 20). From schoolyard bullying to genocide: BarbaraColoroso at TEDxCalgary. [Video File]. Retrieved from