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J Adolesc. 2015 Jun;41:86-95. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.02.006. Epub 2015 Mar 29.

Predicting adolescent's cyberbullying behavior: A longitudinal risk analysis.

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Gettysburg College, USA. Electronic address: cbarlett@gettysburg.edu.

Abstract

The current study used the risk factor approach to test the unique and combined influence of several possible risk factors for cyberbullying attitudes and behavior using a four-wave longitudinal design with an adolescent US sample. Participants (N = 96; average age = 15.50 years) completed measures of cyberbullying attitudes, perceptions of anonymity, cyberbullying behavior, and demographics four times throughout the academic school year. Several logistic regression equations were used to test the contribution of these possible risk factors. Results showed that (a) cyberbullying attitudes and previous cyberbullying behavior were important unique risk factors for later cyberbullying behavior, (b) anonymity and previous cyberbullying behavior were valid risk factors for later cyberbullying attitudes, and (c) the likelihood of engaging in later cyberbullying behavior increased with the addition of risk factors. Overall, results show the unique and combined influence of such risk factors for predicting later cyberbullying behavior. Results are discussed in terms of theory.

KEYWORDS:

Cyberbullying; Risk factors

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