Types of cyberbullying involvement and mental health problems

Görzig, Anke (2014) Types of cyberbullying involvement and mental health problems. In: Cyberspace Conference 2014, 28-29 Nov 2014, Brno, Czech Republic. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Cyberbullying has been found to be associated with self-harm related behaviours and mental health difficulties. The current study aims to investigate adolescents’ viewing of web content related to self-harm and suicide as well as different kinds of mental health difficulties while differentiating between types of involvement in cyberbullying (bullies, victims or bully-victims).
Their involvement in cyberbullying and viewing of self-harm or suicide websites was asked of 18,709 11–16 year old Internet users in 25 European countries. Further, crossing of a clinical threshold for different mental health difficulties was assessed.
The viewing of self-harm and suicide websites differed according to the involvement in cyberbullying with those not involved showing the least and bully-victims showing the highest prevalence.
Those not involved in cyberbullying showed the lowest prevalence for being above the clinical threshold for all mental health difficulties. Victims and bully-victims were highest on emotional and peer problems while bullies and bully-victims were highest for conduct problems.
Multi-nominal logistic regression predicting cyberbullying categories showed that the relations above remained stable while adding mental health difficulties and website content simultaneously as predictors.
Findings suggest that viewing of self-harm related websites as well as mental health difficulties are independently associated with different types of involvement in cyberbullying.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Subjects: Psychology
Social sciences
Depositing User: Anke Goerzig
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2015 13:33
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2017 13:37
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1449

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