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"Perception and Practice of School Violence: Tendencies in Georgian Schools based on Students Surveys"

(Working Paper)

Diana Bogishvili, September 2012

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The phenomenon of violence among adolescents, especially in schools, has attracted particular attention of pedagogy and social sciences since 1990s. Number of international studies confirms that violence, as a behavior model, can be explained with various motives. According to the studies the main reason and bases of violent behavior is a lack of family socialization, medial world and a process of alienation caused by it, and the influence of peers and school as an educational institution. Violent behavior most frequently is expressed between ages 12 and 24. The violence among adolescents is important since this phase of personality development is particularly significant for a human being. At this stage of socialization a person absorbs essential values for civil cohabitation, and gets engaged with ethical and moral standards. Aggressive and criminal behavior expressed at this particular stage of life gets reflected in person’s future. A young person is in the process of development, of finding his/her self-image and construing his/her identity. Herewith, it should be noted that besides the aforementioned, the socio-economic problems, social inequality and poverty are also named as causes of violence in developing countries.