Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cyberbullying: The Final Frontier of Victimization
by Laborde, Stephen P., M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2015, 69; 10163256
Abstract (Summary)

Victimization by its very nature poses serious psychological harm to those who suffer from it. There are many ways one can end up victimized, including cyberbullying, which is bullying conducted via electronic mediums. This study analyzes the likelihood of being bullied and cyberbullying as well as detrimental effects on juveniles from lowered grades to suicides in extreme cases and will use strain theory to explain the correlation between cyberbullying and negative coping methods such as truancy. Using data from the 2013 National Crime Victimization Study's School Crime Supplement (n=9,552), findings suggest that bullying in general indeed has a profound effect on fear of school, grades, and truancy. However, while cyberbullying significantly influences avoidance of online activity and truancy, in other models, it pales in comparison to the impact of traditional bullying. Limitations to the study and implications for the future are also discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stearns, Ami E.
Commitee: Khey, Dave, Swanson, Rick
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Criminal Justice
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Sociology, Criminology
Keywords: Bullying, Cyberbullying, Social netowrk, Victimization
Publication Number: 10163256
ISBN: 978-1-369-17948-4
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