An exploration of the reasons why adolescents engage in traditional and cyber bullying

Wilton, Courtney & Campbell, Marilyn A. (2011) An exploration of the reasons why adolescents engage in traditional and cyber bullying. Journal of Educational Sciences & Psychology, 1(2), pp. 101-109.

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This study explored the reasons underlying adolescents’ perceptions of why their peers engage in bullying in the real and the cyber world. While there has been much research on why bullies engage in such behaviour, ranging from personality characteristics to social or familial reasons, the perceptions of young people on the motives of cyberbullies has not been researched. A new instrument, based on interviews and a literature review was piloted to measure young people’s perceptions of why their peers engage in both traditional and cyberbullying behaviour, according to their role in bullying. Four hundred students were surveyed in three co-educational independent secondary schools. A comparison between perceptions of bullies’ motives in traditional and cyberbullying was made. Implications for interventions with bullies are discussed.

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ID Code: 47912
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: cyberbullying, bullying, young people, motives
ISSN: 2247-8558
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 04 Jan 2012 01:14
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:45

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