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Citation

Bergmann MC, Baier D. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018; 15(2): e15020274.

Affiliation

ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences) School of Social Work, 8037 Winterthur, Switzerland. dirk.baier@zhaw.ch.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, MDPI: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)

DOI

10.3390/ijerph15020274

PMID

29415426

Abstract

Based on a survey of 9512 ninth-grade students conducted in Lower Saxony in 2013, this paper examines the prevalence of cyberbullying perpetration and the correlates of this behavior. Binary logistic multilevel regression was used in order to analyze correlates of sexual and psychological cyberbully perpetration. In the preceding semester, 2.4% of the adolescents were perpetrators of psychological cyberbullying and 0.4% bullied someone online sexually. Low levels of empathy, frequent consumption of violent media, and being victims of aggressive online behaviors are correlated with the risk that a child will become a bully. Female adolescents are less likely than boys to engage in sexual cyberbullying perpetration, but they are more likely to engage in psychological cyberbullying perpetration. Only a small share of adolescents engage in sexual and psychological cyberbullying perpetration. Both behaviors differ in their correlates, however being a victim of aggressive online behaviors increase the risk for perpetration of both behaviors, respectively.


Language: en

Keywords

bullying perpetration; psychological cyberbullying perpetration; sexual cyberbullying perpetration; student survey

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