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Brief report: Cyberbullying perpetration and its associations with socio-demographics, aggressive behaviour at school, and mental health outcomes

Fletcher, Adam, Fitzgerald-Yau, Natasha, Jones, Rebecca, Allen, Elizabeth, Viner, Russell M. and Bonell, Chris 2014. Brief report: Cyberbullying perpetration and its associations with socio-demographics, aggressive behaviour at school, and mental health outcomes. Journal of Adolescence 37 (8) , pp. 1393-1398. 10.1016/j.adolescence.2014.10.005

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Abstract

Relatively little is known about those who cyberbully others, especially in a UK context. We drew on data from 1144 young people aged 12–13 in eight English secondary schools to examine the prevalence of cyberbullying perpetration and its associations with socio-demographics, other behaviours, and health outcomes. Overall, 14.1% of respondents reported ever cyberbullying others with no significant differences by gender or socio-economic status. Drawing on mixed-effects logistic regression models, first we found a strong, dose–response relationship between aggressive behaviour at school and cyberbullying others, suggesting that cyberbullying may not only be a facet of wider patterns of bullying but also of aggression more broadly. Second, cyberbullying others was associated with poorer quality of life and with psychological difficulties but not with peer/social problems or worse mental wellbeing. Longitudinal studies are needed to assess whether such associations are causal.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Schools; Cyberbullying; Mental health; Psychological distress; Quality of life
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0140-1971
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 01:59
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/69167

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