An Investigation of School Violence Through Turkish Children's Drawings


YURTAL F. , Artut K.

JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, cilt.25, ss.50-62, 2010 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 25 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1177/0886260508329130
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.50-62

Özet

This study investigates Turkish children's perception of violence in school as represented through drawings and narratives. In all, 66 students (12 to 13 years old) from the middle socioeconomic class participated. To elicit children's perception of violence, they were asked to draw a picture of a violent incident they had heard, experienced, or witnessed. Children mostly drew pictures of violent events among children (33 pictures). Also, there were pictures of violent incidents perpetrated by teachers and directors against children. It was observed that violence influenced children. Violence was mostly depicted in school gardens (38 pictures), but there were violent incidents everywhere, such as in classrooms, corridors, and school stores as well. Moreover, it was found that brute force was the most referred way of violence in the children's depictions (38 pictures). In conclusion, children clearly indicated that there was violence in schools and they were affected by it.