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Emotional Intelligence, Bullying, and Cyberbullying in Adolescents
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Coping with Cybervictimization: The Role of Direct Confrontation and Resilience on Adolescent Wellbeing

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Faculty of Education, Free University of Bolzano, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
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College of Education Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia
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Department of Educational Sciences, University of Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(24), 4893; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16244893
Received: 30 September 2019 / Revised: 21 November 2019 / Accepted: 2 December 2019 / Published: 4 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cyber-Aggression among Adolescents and Psychological Wellbeing)
Background. Recent studies have consistently identified the negative consequences of cyberbullying on adolescent mental health. Nevertheless, not all cybervictims are alike, and in the last few years some evidence has appeared indicating that faced with cyberbullying, victims may manifest different emotional outcomes. In this study, we explored whether cybervictim resilience fully or partially mediates the effects of cybervictimization and whether a confrontational coping strategy impacts emotional symptoms. Methods. The study was carried out with a sample of 474 high school students equally distributed between males and females. Data were collected using a questionnaire comprising four measures assessing cybervictimization, direct confrontation coping strategy, resilience and emotional symptoms. Results. Structural equation modelling indicated that the effects of cybervictimization and confrontational coping strategy on emotional symptoms were mediated by resilience, with cybervictimization showing a positive effect while direct confrontation a negative effect. Cybervictimization also showed a positive direct effect on emotional symptoms. Conclusions. These results are presented in light of their implications for designing effective interventions able to protect and promote adolescents’ psychological wellbeing. View Full-Text
Keywords: cybervictims; cyberbullying; resilience; coping strategies; emotional symptoms cybervictims; cyberbullying; resilience; coping strategies; emotional symptoms
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Brighi, A.; Mameli, C.; Menin, D.; Guarini, A.; Carpani, F.; Slee, P.T. Coping with Cybervictimization: The Role of Direct Confrontation and Resilience on Adolescent Wellbeing. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4893.

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