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A Study on Psychological Mechanisms of Adolescents' Use of Abusive Language and Countermeasures

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2011, (79), pp.255-282
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Kang, Hui-suk 1 양명희 2

1조선대학교
2중앙대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study identified the conditions of adolescents' use of abusive language and the psychological mechanism, and based on the results, it presented measures to refine their language. The results of the study are summarized as follows: First, the study focused on identifying the degree of using abusive language, activities where it is used and objects to which it is used and discovered that 94.6% of the subjects used abuses related with sex, physical and emotional defects targeting their friends(70.3%) when they played with them. In respect to psychological mechanisms of using abusive languages, it was discovered that they used abuses habitually or followed others. It indicates that there are no specific motives to use common abuses. However, as psychological mechanisms of using habitual or common abuses, they used them to relieve stress, to increase friendship, and not to be disregarded, or because they are easy and communicative. In this context, as it was discovered that the right function of abuses worked rather than the reverse function, use of abuses was justified. Finally, in considering that students showed doubtful attitudes toward school education on refinement of abuses and answered they have to try to speak less abuses, it is more desirable to present intentional education which induces their voluntary efforts to refine their language and it is suggested that the students should check their own attitudes and recognition themselves.

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