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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(2), 274; doi:10.3390/ijerph15020274

Prevalence and Correlates of Cyberbullying Perpetration. Findings from a German Representative Student Survey

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Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony, 30161 Hannover, Germany
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ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences) School of Social Work, 8037 Winterthur, Switzerland
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Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 25 January 2018 / Accepted: 1 February 2018 / Published: 6 February 2018
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Based on a survey of 9512 ninth-grade students conducted in Lower Saxony in 2013, this paper examines the prevalence of cyberbullying perpetration and the correlates of this behavior. Binary logistic multilevel regression was used in order to analyze correlates of sexual and psychological cyberbully perpetration. In the preceding semester, 2.4% of the adolescents were perpetrators of psychological cyberbullying and 0.4% bullied someone online sexually. Low levels of empathy, frequent consumption of violent media, and being victims of aggressive online behaviors are correlated with the risk that a child will become a bully. Female adolescents are less likely than boys to engage in sexual cyberbullying perpetration, but they are more likely to engage in psychological cyberbullying perpetration. Only a small share of adolescents engage in sexual and psychological cyberbullying perpetration. Both behaviors differ in their correlates, however being a victim of aggressive online behaviors increase the risk for perpetration of both behaviors, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: psychological cyberbullying perpetration; sexual cyberbullying perpetration; bullying perpetration; student survey psychological cyberbullying perpetration; sexual cyberbullying perpetration; bullying perpetration; student survey
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Bergmann, M.C.; Baier, D. Prevalence and Correlates of Cyberbullying Perpetration. Findings from a German Representative Student Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 274.

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