Cyberbullying at a Texas University - A Mixed Methods Approach to Examining Online Aggression

Crosslin, Katie; Crosslin, Matt
June 2014
Texas Public Health Journal;Summer2014, Vol. 66 Issue 3, p26
Academic Journal
Objective: Cyberbullying is characterized by utilizing digital technology repeatedly to purposefully send information about another person to inflict harm. The objective of this mixed-methods study was to identify the prevalence for victimization and bullying behaviors, as well as to examine undergraduate students' perceptions and experiences with cyberbullying. Participants: This study was conducted from to 2011 to 2012 among undergraduate students at a Texas university (N = 286). Methods: Prevalence of cyberbullying victimization/offending behaviors, and demographic variables were measured. Open-ended questions inquiring about personal cyberbullying experiences were included. Results: Cyberbullying typically occurred through text message, email, and social networking sites. Approximately 32.4% of participants experienced at least two types of victimization and 16% of the study population reported victimizing others in two or more ways. Participants indicated that they were often cyberbullied due to relationship break-ups or disagreements in the dormitory. Behavioral impacts such as avoiding new friends and not trusting others were reported, as well as emotional reactions such as suicide ideation. Conclusions: Administrators and faculty should focus on changing the campus culture to promote prevention, intervention, and enforcement of cyberbullying.


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