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Yonsei Med J. 2014 May;55(3):826-30. doi: 10.3349/ymj.2014.55.3.826. Epub 2014 Apr 1.

Cyberbullying, problematic internet use, and psychopathologic symptoms among Korean youth.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Jeju National University, Jeju, Korea.
2
Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, Orangeburg, NY, USA. ; Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA. ; Department of Psychiatry, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
3
Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, Orangeburg, NY, USA. ; Department of Psychiatry, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. ; Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA, Korea.
4
Department of Psychiatry, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju, Korea. ; Research Institute of Clinical Medicine of Chonbuk National University, Biomedical Research Institute of Chonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonju, Korea.
5
Jeonbuk Internet Addiction Center, Jeonju, Korea.
6
Department of Psychiatry, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju, Korea.
7
Jeonju Dong Middle School, Jeonju, Korea.

Abstract

To evaluate the associations between cyberbullying behaviors and problematic internet use, and to compare psychopathologic symptoms in victims, perpetrators, and victims-perpetrators of cyberbullying to those in youths who were not involved in cyberbullying. A total of 4531 youths (11-14 years of age) were recruited from elementary and middle schools. Among 4531 youths, 9.7% were involved in cyberbullying; 3.3% were only victims; 3.4% were only perpetrators; and 3.0% were victims-perpetrators. Cyberbullying behaviors were associated with problematic internet use as well as various psychopathologic symptoms. Depressive symptoms were associated with cyberbullying victimization, and rule-breaking behaviors and aggressive behaviors have relevance to cyberbullying perpetration. Greater attention needs to be paid to identify youths earlier who are involved in cyberbullying and prevent serious adverse consequences in them.

KEYWORDS:

Cyberbullying; Korean; problematic internet use; psychopathologic symptoms; youth

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24719154
PMCID:
PMC3990077
DOI:
10.3349/ymj.2014.55.3.826
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