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J Interpers Violence. 2017 Feb;32(3):446-462. doi: 10.1177/0886260515586363. Epub 2016 Jul 10.

Exploring University Students' Coping Strategy Intentions for Cyberbullying.

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1 Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.


Most of the published research on cyberbullying has been conducted with children and adolescents, so little is known about cyberbullying in other populations. This study examined cyberbullying within an emerging adult population in a university setting ( N = 282), and explored what coping strategies these individuals intended to use in response to future cyberbullying incidents. Blocking of the sender of the bullying message was found to be the most frequent intention to cope with cyberbullying among these emerging adults. It was also found that both gender and victimisation status (i.e., whether the emerging adult had, in the preceding twelve months, been a victim of cyberbullying) influenced coping strategy intentions. The implications for practice and future research are discussed.


coping strategies; cyberbullying; emerging adults; university students


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