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Cyberbullying among German and Dutch adolescents- research on siblings' influence and factors relevant for prevention and intervention

Bruhn, Dorothee C. (2010) Cyberbullying among German and Dutch adolescents- research on siblings' influence and factors relevant for prevention and intervention.

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Abstract:Cyberbullying has to be considered a substantial risk for schools, with far-reaching consequences on both the individual and social level. Based on this, the goals of the present study were threefold. First, factors that were considered potentially relevant and useful for pre- and interventions against cyberbullying were assessed. Second, the role siblings play in this context was examined in order to find out whether they have a protective function or are rather risk factors. Third, a comparison between the sample of German and Dutch participants was made in order to gain more insight into the international differences in the cyberbullying context. By means of an online survey, data of 386 ninth graders from two schools in Germany and the Netherlands, respectively, were obtained. Analysis yielded that the majority of the chosen factors was of importance in the cyberbullying context and that there are international differences regarding cyberbullying and victimization. Although noteworthy outcomes in terms of siblings’ influence were obtained, the number is still too small to draw a general conclusion concerning their role. In addition, a larger sample size is required to enhance the validity of the results. Suggestions for practical implications of the outcomes for prevention and intervention are included.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60448
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