Prior to completing this discussion, please read Module 15 in the textbook, read the Shetgiri et. al (2012) article, review the information from Module 1 about Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological theory, and review any relevant Instructor Guidance.
Utilize Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory to address the topic of motivations for and influences on bullying. Using each of the 5 systems in Bronfenbrenner’s theory, identify and describe how a child’s environment might pre-dispose him or her to bully. For example, within a person’s microsystem are the parents. How might parents be an influencing factor on whether or not a child is prone to bullying? Find and report (with proper citation) one current statistic on the factors influencing school bullying behaviors. Does this statistic seem to follow the same trend supported by Bronfenbrenner’s theory? If not, explain how it challenges the theory. Then, reflect on friendships in childhood and adolescence and address the positive and negative influences that they can have on bullying behaviors. Finally, utilize problem-solving techniques in exploring developmental issues, grounded in child development, in order to provide one unique solution to reduce or completely end bullying.
Textbook: Mossler, R. (2nd ed.). (2014). Child and Adolescent Development. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education.