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Subtypes based on the psychological characteristics of perpetrators of school violence
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  • Journal title : Journal of Digital Convergence
  • Volume 14, Issue 4,  2016, pp.459-469
  • Publisher : The Society of Digital Policy and Management
  • DOI : 10.14400/JDC.2016.14.4.459
 Title & Authors
Subtypes based on the psychological characteristics of perpetrators of school violence
Lee, Mi-Young; Chang, Eun-Jin;
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 Abstract
The purpose of this study is to classify the subtypes of perpetrators of school violence based on their psychological characteristics. In order to classify the students, questionnaires/interviews which consist of 6 factors (Cognitive Impulsivity, Unplanned Impulsivity, Depression, Anxiety, Peer Conformity, and Self assertion) and 19 questions were administered to 86 perpetrators of school violence. Then, a two-step cluster analysis was performed with the survey results of 74 perpetrators. As a result, three clusters were identified and named as follows: 1) Impulsive Vulnerability, 2) Emotional Vulnerability, and 3) Social Vulnerability. Scrutinizing the detailed characteristics of each cluster, the first cluster, Impulsive Vulnerability, showed higher scores on Cognitive Impulsivity and Unplanned Impulsivity, compared to the other two clusters, while Depression and Anxiety scores were lower. The second cluster, Emotional Vulnerability, showed higher scores on Depression and Anxiety, while Cognitive Impulsivity and Unplanned Impulsivity scores were lower. The third cluster, Social Vulnerability, showed the highest score on Peer Conformity among the three clusters. However, Self assertion scores were the lowest in this cluster, and Cognitive Impulsivity, Unplanned Impulsivity, depression, and anxiety scores were lower than in the others. This study will provide a useful insight for facilitating teachers and parents` understanding of the psychological characteristics of school violence perpetrators and thereby contributing to effective intervention.
 Keywords
School violence;Perpetrators of school violence;Psychological characteristics;Subtypes;Cluster analysis;
 Language
Korean
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