The shame and pride management project: Family, school and workplace conflict in Bangladesh

Bengali school children attribute to Asian Development Bank

The Bengali version of the modified ‘Life at School Survey’ (Ahmed, 1996) was administered in nine schools in Bangladesh to children in grades seven to ten. As in the Australian study, parents participated along with children. Participants were recruited from nine co-educational schools, both public and private, located in three school regions. These regions were targeted on the basis of their representativeness of the socio-economic diversity of urban and suburban communities.

The demographic information collected from students’ parents indicated diversity in socio-economic backgrounds. Of the entire sample of parents (n = 1362), approximately 26% belonged to the high socio-economic group (eg, employees who hold supervisory and professional positions), 60% to the middle socio-economic group (eg, school teachers, public servants who do not hold supervisory roles, support staff), and 12% to the lower socio-economic group (eg, garment employees, clerical employees). The people of Bangladesh are ethnically and culturally homogeneous (98% of the population are Bengali and 83% are Muslims), and hence, information was not sought on either ethnic or religious affiliation. The average monthly salary of parents was 40,000 taka (US$ 688.00) ranging from 1,000 taka (US$ 17.00) to 380,000 taka (US$ 6535.00).

The purpose of the study was to gain a better understanding of factors that facilitate and impede bullying in schools, workplaces and families, with a particular focus on how poor shame and pride management can exacerbate these problems. In dealing with resolution of conflicts in all three settings, the work has explored the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation and their role in promoting healthier forms of shame and pride management.


Ahmed, Eliza and John Braithwaite (2011) ‘Shame, pride and workplace bullying’, in Susanne Karstedt, Ian Loader and Heather Strang (eds), Emotions, Crime and Justice, Hart Publishing, Oxford.

Ahmed, Eliza and John Braithwaite (2005) ‘Forgiveness, Shaming, Shame and Bullying’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 38(3): 298-323.

Ahmed, Eliza and Valerie Braithwaite (2006) ‘Forgiveness, reconciliation and shame management: Three key variables in reducing school bullying’, Journal of Social Issues 62(2): 347-370.

Eliza Ahmed

Dr Eliza Ahmed

Dr Eliza Ahmed is a Clinical Psychologist. Her research interests lie in the regulation of rule violation as it relates to shame/pride management, interpersonal relationships, and the processes of...

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Valerie Braithwaite

Valerie Braithwaite is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a disciplinary background in psychology. She has taught in social and clinical psychology programs at undergraduate and graduate...

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Professor John Braithwaite

John Braithwaite is an Emeritus Professor and Founder of RegNet (the Regulatory Institutions Network), now School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University...

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