While there exists an extensive amount of research on bullying, it has only been recently that researchers have shifted their focus to cyberbullying. Although there are many parallels that can be drawn between offline bullying and cyberbullying, the added component of cyberspace and the use of electronic communication make this a novel area of study. Cyberbullying has been linked to negative physical, psychological, and academic outcomes, and has consequently become a pervasive issue warranting attention and effective intervention. Despite these factors, the literature on cyberbullying remains scarce. Little is known regarding which individual factors influence bystander intervention in cyberbullying situations. The current study built upon previous research linking personality traits and bystander behavior in bullying situations (Mitsopoulou & Giovazolias, 2015; Pronk et al., 2015; Tani, Greenman, Schneider, & Fregoso, 2003). More specifically, this study used the five factor model of personality to determine whether personality traits influenced a bystander’s likelihood of passively observing cyberbullying online or actively intervening to defend the victim. Undergraduate students completed a personality inventory and read through a cyberbullying situation posted online via a simulated Facebook conversation thread. Bystander behavior was determined through self-selected categorizations. Results indicated that personality traits predicted bystander behavior. Higher levels of agreeableness and extraversion were associated with increased defending behavior. Data indicated that neuroticism alone did not significantly predict bystander behavior in male or female participants. Findings from this study can provide direction for future research, and may be used to inform intervention efforts aimed at mobilizing bystanders in cyberbullying situations.
|Commitee:||Hupp, Stephen, Conoyer, Sarah|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Bystander behavior, Bystander intervention, Cyberbullying, Personality traits|
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