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Curr Opin Psychol. 2018 Feb;19:139-143. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.04.012. Epub 2017 Apr 19.

Some problems with cyberbullying research.

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Psykologkonsult Dan Olweus, Vognstolbakken 16, NO-5096 Bergen, Norway. Electronic address:
Department of Youth, Family & Community Studies, 2038 Barre Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA.


Research on cyberbullying is plagued by inconsistent findings and exaggerated claims about prevalence, development over time, and effects. To build a useful and coherent body of knowledge, it essential to achieve some degree of consensus on the definition of the phenomenon as a scientific concept and that efforts to measure cyberbullying are made in a 'bullying context.' This will help to ensure that findings on cyberbullying are not confounded with findings on general cyberaggression or cyberharassment. We tentatively recommend that cyberbullying should be regarded as a subcategory or specific form of bullying, in line with other forms such as verbal, physical, and indirect/relational.

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