Victims’ perceptions of traditional and cyberbullying, and the psychosocial correlates of their victimisation

Campbell, Marilyn A., Spears, Barbara, Slee, Phillip, Butler, Desmond A., & Kift, Sally M. (2012) Victims’ perceptions of traditional and cyberbullying, and the psychosocial correlates of their victimisation. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 17(3-4), pp. 389-401.

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It is well recognised that there are serious correlates for victims of traditional bullying. These have been shown to include increased levels of depression, anxiety and psychosomatic symptoms, in addition to often severe physical harm and even suicide. Bullied students also feel more socially ineffective; have greater interpersonal difficulties, together with higher absenteeism from school and lower academic competence. In the emerging field of cyberbullying many researchers have hypothesised a greater impact and more severe consequences for victims because of the 24/7 nature and the possibility of the wider audience with this form of bullying. However, to date there is scarce empirical evidence to support this. This study sought to compare victims’ perceptions of the harshness and impact of bullying by traditional and cyber means. The major findings showed that although students who had been victimised by traditional bullying reported that they felt their bullying was harsher, crueller and had more impact on their lives than those students who had been cyberbullied, the correlates of their mental health revealed that cyber victims reported significantly more social difficulties, higher anxiety levels and depression than traditional victims. The implications for school counsellors and mental health workers are discussed.

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ID Code: 53597
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: cyberbullying, bullying, anxiety, depression, perceptions, students
DOI: 10.1080/13632752.2012.704316
ISSN: 1363-2752
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Counselling (130305)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties © 2012 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties is available online at:
Deposited On: 13 Sep 2012 23:26
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2013 14:10

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