Cross-contextual stability of bullying victimization: A person-oriented analysis of cyber and traditional bullying experiences among adolescents

Authors


Rasa Erentaite, Department of Psychology, Mykolas Romeris University, Ateities str. 20, Vilnius, LT 08303, Lithuania. Tel: +370 5 2714620; fax: +370 5 2714 711; e-mail: rasae@mruni.eu

Abstract

Erentaitė, R., Bergman, L. R. & Žukauskienė, R. (2012). Cross-contextual stability of bullying victimization: A person-oriented analysis of cyber and traditional bullying experiences among adolescents. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology 53, 181–190.

Using a person-oriented approach the study examined whether bullying victimization at school continued into cyberspace victimization in a large sample of high school students in Lithuania (= 1667, 58% girls), age 15–19 (= 17.29, SD = 0.95). Three forms of traditional bullying (verbal, physical and relational) and seven forms of cyberbullying victimization through cell phones and computers were included in the analysis. The findings revealed that 35% of traditional bullying victims were also bullied in cyberspace. In particular, adolescents who experienced predominantly verbal and relational bullying at school, showed a higher risk of victimization in cyberspace a year later, while this was not observed for predominantly physical forms of traditional bullying. The findings point to the importance of a cross-contextual perspective in studies on stability of bullying victimization.

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