Hazing and how to prevent it Unit


Hazingand how to prevent it


Hazingis one of the modern world’s serious social problems that have notbeen not well addressed. As a result, hazing continues to bewidespread as witnessed in certain cultures, organizations,communities and societies. The guest speaker paints of hazing as botha psychological and cultural issue. As a culture, it is a practicethat involves ritualistic harassment and bullying of new members asinitiation processes into membership into new communities while as apsychological issue it is a state in utilized by some individuals toexpress their inner psychological troubles on others. Although hazingis generally prohibited by law in many countries, the practicecontinues to thrive with movies and television programs to someextent playing a vital role in popularizing the vice.

Hazingis a vice by all ethical and moral standards. Previous studies haveshown a positive correlation between hazing and development ofanti-social behaviors such as academic dishonesty, bullying and evensexual harassment. In most cases, the students or individuals in theworkplace who have demonstrated such behaviors have recorded lowcompetence and poor performance in their respective positions. Inthis case, it means that hazing or engaging in such activitiesaffects directly our core functions in respective positions. Bytaking this perspective, the speaker gave me a new view of hazing asan expression deep lying inequities. In short, hazing is caused byfailures by some individuals to carry out their designated roles andthus attempt to convince others about their dominance throughharassment or other ways.

Hazingis a psychological in nature. As a cultural issue in mostcommunities, hazing is a manifestation of how different cultures andindividuals react to new members. The reaction may vary from afeeling of threat or welcoming of new skills brought in by newmembers. Different individuals are bound to react differently to suchsituations naturally. However, their reactions can be promoted orsuppressed by the culture of the society or community in which theybelong. The guest speaker therefore made it clear that while manypeople have viewed hazing as a natural response to new members, it isnot natural per se as boils down to individual characters and theexisting culture. If the culture promotes hazing, then individualswho are naturally or environmentally predisposed to this behaviorwill practice it. On the other hand, if the established culture seeksto suppress hazing, then it is likely to avoid hazing completely.

Othermethods of addressing hazing suggested by the speakers includedeveloping strong cultures that abhor hazing. Creating effective andstringent laws to discourage hazing. Such laws may include strongdeterrent measures and punishment for perpetrators. Another one isinventing new rituals to initiate members without necessary resultingto hazing. One option I found interesting in narrating stories onhazing with negative outcomes. Such real life stories, with somehaving been widely reported in the media, serve well to discouragehazing and encourage reporting of such cases.

Thereare several ways to prevent hazing. The guest speaker noted that oneof the most popular and effective method is training andsensitization about hazing to all involved parties. This includespotential victims and more importantly the potential perpetrators.Such training should inform the targeted audiences about the effectof hazing on the involved individuals and on the organizationsespecially in the image that they portray to the public. Forinstance, for parents keen on sending their children to new schoolsor colleges, they have in most cases asked questions pertaining thazing in those institutions. By persons involved understanding theimpact of hazing on the organization at large and even the moralperspective on of the act can go a long way in deterring hazing.

Informationfrom the guest speaker benefits my profession in various ways. Bybeing more informed about the causes and methods of preventinghazing, I feel that I am more prepared to handle a case of hazing ifit occurs and how to deter such.


Holmes,R. (2013). Howto eradicate hazing.New York: AuthorHouse.