Discipline, Shaming and Antisocial Attitude in Philadelphia Middle Schools

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The U.S. school system has changed fundamentally in its basic approach to social control in recent decades, with harsh approaches to student discipline having increased in popularity despite data showing pronounced and steady declines in incidents of both school violence and juvenile delinquency. This study revisits a sample of students in the Philadelphia School District to examine how perceptions of school rules and administration are associated with antisocial attitudes among students who were recently disciplined. The analysis included measures of interdependency, shaming, and peer association derived from reintegrative shaming theory. Findings from multiple regression analysis show that students who perceived their sanction as reintegrative in the school context were less likely to hold antisocial attitudes. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-517
Number of pages14
JournalSociological Spectrum
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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