Proceedings of The International Conference on Social Sciences in the 21st Century
An Examination of the Relationship Between Peer Bullying and Academic Motivation in Secondary School Students
Aynur Bütün Ayhan, Utku Beyazıt and Yeşim Yurdakul
Peer bullying among children is a common problem in most cultures. As this phenomenon occurs mostly in school settings, it’s negative effects on the academic motivation of the students is a subject matter. Despite of this subject’s being a scientific concern worldwide, bullying at secondary schools and its links with the academic motivation remained unnoticed and unstudied in Turkey where academic mastery at school is mostly elaborated as an educational matter. From this perspective in this study, it is aimed to examine the relationship between peer bullying and academic motivation in secondary school students. A number of 262 students attending to three seperate secondary schools in the city center of Antalya, Turkey are included in the study. As the data gathering instruments, a Socio-Demographic Information Form, Peer Bullying Scale and Academic Motivation Scale were administered. As a result it was found that adolescents’ level of the extrinsic motivation increase and intrinsic motivation decrease as their level of bullying acts increase. On the other hand, the adolescents’ level of the intrinsic motivation is found to decrease as their level of victimization in bullying acts increase. The findings were discussed in terms of the relevant literature and suggestions were made in regards with the avoidance of peer bullying at schools.
Keywords: peer, peer bullying, academic motivation.