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Personality Traits and Aggression as Explanatory Variables of Cyberbullying in Spanish Preadolescents

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Faculty of Education, International University of La Rioja, 26006 Logroño, Spain
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Department of Developmental Psychology and Didactic, University of Alicante, 03080 Alicante, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(16), 5705; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165705
Received: 10 July 2020 / Revised: 28 July 2020 / Accepted: 3 August 2020 / Published: 7 August 2020
There is a growing interest in preventing cyberbullying in youth. However, multiple questions remain as to the relationship between cyberbullying and psychosocial variables. This study examines the relationship between personality traits, aggression and cyberbullying (victims, bullies, victimized bullies and not involved) in 548 Spanish students aged 10 to 13 (50.2% boys). To do so, the Screening of Peer Harassment, the Big Five Questionnaire for Children and the Aggression Questionnaire were used. Logistic regression analyses indicated that the extraversion trait is an explanatory factor for being a victim and openness is a protective factor against being a cyberbully. Agreeableness was found to be a positive predictor of being a cyberbullying victim. Only verbal aggression and anger were included as explanatory factors of being a victim and a victimized bully, respectively. The results are discussed, suggesting their potential implications in the development of preventive programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: cyberbullying; personality; aggression; primary education cyberbullying; personality; aggression; primary education
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Escortell, R.; Aparisi, D.; Martínez-Monteagudo, M.C.; Delgado, B. Personality Traits and Aggression as Explanatory Variables of Cyberbullying in Spanish Preadolescents. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5705. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165705

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Escortell R, Aparisi D, Martínez-Monteagudo MC, Delgado B. Personality Traits and Aggression as Explanatory Variables of Cyberbullying in Spanish Preadolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(16):5705. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165705

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Escortell, Raquel, David Aparisi, María C. Martínez-Monteagudo, and Beatriz Delgado. 2020. "Personality Traits and Aggression as Explanatory Variables of Cyberbullying in Spanish Preadolescents" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 16: 5705. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165705

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