Perceptions of justice among Brazilian adolescents : the relationships with school climate, perceptions of legal authorities and student conduct

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dc.contributor.advisor Mucherah, Wilfridah M.
dc.contributor.author Thomas, Kendra Joy Edwards
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-05T16:55:28Z
dc.date.available 2016-01-05T16:55:28Z
dc.date.issued 2015-12-19
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/200061
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to understand how Brazilian adolescents develop their perceptions of justice. The guiding research questions sought (a) to model the relationships between Personal BJW, General BJW, school climate, student conduct, and legal authorities, (b) to understand the developmental trajectory of BJW across different educational contexts, and (c) to examine the differences of justice perceptions across educational, economic, and ethnic demographics. Through a cross-sectional quantitative design, this study analyzed 475 Brazilian adolescents from eighth through twelfth grade across public, private, and military schools in a city of Southern Brazil. Structural equation modeling demonstrated that Personal BJW predicted students’ perceptions of the school climate, which influenced student conduct. Adolescents’ General BJW and school climate predicted their perceptions of legal authorities. Across all demographics, there were no significant differences between students’ General BJW, but Personal BJW was dependent upon context. Adolescents from higher income levels and prestigious schools had significantly higher perceptions of Personal BJW, school climate, and legal authorities compared to those from less privileged backgrounds. These findings indicate that there are important relationships between social privilege and perceptions of fairness. Implications for secondary school educators and administrators are discussed. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Psychology
dc.subject.lcsh Justice.
dc.subject.lcsh School environment.
dc.subject.lcsh Teenagers -- Brazil -- Attitudes.
dc.subject.lcsh School discipline.
dc.subject.lcsh Criminal justice personnel.
dc.title Perceptions of justice among Brazilian adolescents : the relationships with school climate, perceptions of legal authorities and student conduct en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1807578


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