Cyberbullying and self-esteem in Australian adults

Brack, Kerryn; Caltabiano, Nerina
June 2014
Cyberpsychology;2014, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p12
Academic Journal
Cyberbullying research is currently focused on identifying personal factors which increase the risk of an individual being involved in the behaviour. Recent findings indicate that within the web of cyberbullying culture a large group of individuals are both cyberbullies and victims. This group of cyberbully/victims has been shown to differ from pure cyberbullies or victims on various factors during adolescence; particularly self-esteem. However, little research to date has investigated cyberbullying behaviour in adults. The current study examined the prevalence of cyberbully typologies and their relationship with self-esteem within a convenience sample of 164 Australian young adults (72% being females; 17-25 years). Results found that the largest group identified were cyberbully/victims (62%), followed by individuals not involved (17%), cyberbullies (11%) and cybervictims (10%) respectively. The ratio of males and females in each of the four cyberbully typologies was similar. Contrary to previous research, all four cyberbully typologies reported similar levels of self-esteem. These findings suggest that research should examine cyberbullying behaviour across all age groups to determine if this is related to different factors in adolescence compared to adulthood. Limitations and future recommendations are discussed.


Related Articles

  • Chronic stress promotes risk loving behavior in young adults. Ceccato, Smarandita; Kudielka, Brigitte M.; Schwieren, Christiane // NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference Proceedings;2014, p41 

    Chronic stress, the consequence of prolonged exposure to one or multiple stressors, is a public health problem that affects a significant part of the population. While the bodily "wear-and-tear" caused by chronic stress is under thorough investigation, its cognitive effects, especially those...

  • Studies: Surprises, Insights. Di Giovanni, Myriam // Credit Union Times;6/22/2011, Vol. 22 Issue 24, p2 

    The article reports on a study conducted by Ohio State University which discovered that young adults between the ages of 18 and 27 who have more credit and college loan debt will likely have higher self esteem and are in control of their lives.

  • ALGILANAN ANA-BABA DAVRANIÅžLARI Ä°LE ÇOCUK YETÄ°ÅžTÄ°RME TUTUMLARI ARASINDAKÄ° Ä°LÄ°ÅžKÄ°.  // e-Journal of New World Sciences Academy (NWSA);2011, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p717 

    No abstract available.

  • Nastiness gone too far?  // Hays Free Press (Buda, TX);5/ 4/2011, Vol. 109 Issue 4, p4A 

    The author reflects on the issues concerning "drive-by anonymity" which is credited for the changes on the attitudes of various individuals relative to cyber-bullying.

  • Drug Abuse Among High School Students: The Effects of Self-Esteem. Bradley, Joanne Donna // Sociological Viewpoints;Fall1998, Vol. 14, p104 

    Adolescent alcohol and other drug use in America is a current social issue invoking widespread concern. This article examines the relationship between self-esteem and drug use among high school students. The researcher surveyed high school sophomores in a private high school in a large...

  • Self-Esteem of College Students Increases Dramatically Over 25-Year Period But Benefits to Society Unclear, Says Expert.  // Ascribe Newswire: Health;10/15/2001, p5 

    The article reports on analysis of data from several college students of the U.S. which indicates that their self-esteem rose between 1968 and 1994. Rise in self-esteem indicates that they may be living happier, healthier lives than their predecessors. Unfortunately, benefits to society from the...

  • Do You Hear Me? Bernstein, Linda // Current Health 2;Dec2005, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p22 

    This article presents ways to help teenagers assert themselves in a crowd. Experiences show, keeping quiet can damage a person's self-esteem. Teenagers should think back to times when they wish they had been more assertive. Try writing that observations in a journal and then study up. Find an...

  • An Alternative to Self-Esteem: Fostering Self-Compassion in Youth. Persinger, James // Communique (0164775X);2012, Vol. 40 Issue 5, p20 

    The article discusses on self-esteem in children. It states that teachers can impart self-esteem in children by encouraging them with accolades, gold stars and trophies. It mentions that self-esteem programs emphasize feeling good about oneself rather than building competence. Inflated...

  • Pregnancy project raises aspirations.  // Children & Young People Now;4/3/2012, p34 

    The article presents a case study of the teenage pregnancy reduction programme that aims to improve raise the aspirations of the youth and improve their wellbeing in London and North West England. Workshops are conducted to boost self-esteem and improve the sexual health literacy of youth people...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics