The current conceptual model of hazing is based on an assumption that low-grade hazing (buffoonery) serves as a gateway to severe acts of hazing. Consequently, the range of acts regarded as hazing is broad in scope and estimates of the rates and nature of hazing may be inflated. In the present study, the gateway assumption was tested and not supported. Further, in this study students clearly differentiate between buffoonery and hazing. The data supports reframing hazing reduction efforts, emphasizing potential for harm and educational efficacy in new member education. This approach aligns with student understanding and promotes internal regulation while encouraging the basic psychological needs of autonomy, competence, and belonging.
Roosevelt, Rodney W.
"Deconflating Buffoonery and Hazing: A Two-Factor Model of Understanding Maladaptive New Member Activities,"
Journal of Sorority and Fraternity Life Research and Practice: Vol. 13:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wm.edu/oracle/vol13/iss1/4