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Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2015 Jun;29(3):155-61. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2015.01.008. Epub 2015 Feb 3.

College student engaging in cyberbullying victimization: cognitive appraisals, coping strategies, and psychological adjustments.

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1
Dong-A University, Busan, Republic of Korea. Electronic address: hjna21@donga.ac.kr.
2
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, Chicago, IL, USA.

Abstract

The study's purpose was to explore whether frequency of cyberbullying victimization, cognitive appraisals, and coping strategies were associated with psychological adjustments among college student cyberbullying victims. A convenience sample of 121 students completed questionnaires. Linear regression analyses found frequency of cyberbullying victimization, cognitive appraisals, and coping strategies respectively explained 30%, 30%, and 27% of the variance in depression, anxiety, and self-esteem. Frequency of cyberbullying victimization and approach and avoidance coping strategies were associated with psychological adjustments, with avoidance coping strategies being associated with all three psychological adjustments. Interventions should focus on teaching cyberbullying victims to not use avoidance coping strategies.

PMID:
26001714
DOI:
10.1016/j.apnu.2015.01.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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