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Cyberbullying: Implications for the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

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  • The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.
  • No external or intramural funding was received.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this article is to inform and educate psychiatric nurse practitioners about the pervasiveness of the rapidly increasing problem of cyberbullying.

Review of Literature

As more children and adolescents obtain access to the Internet, mobile devices, and social networking sites, the exposure to bullying in the virtual format increases. Cyberbullying is a growing public health concern and can affect mental health and school performance. Cyberbullying often results in a range of psychiatric symptoms and has been linked to suicide attempts and completions.

Conclusions

The psychiatric nurse practitioner is uniquely prepared to provide a range of interventions for patients, families, and communities who have experienced cyberbullying.

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