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Cyberbullying among Adolescents: Psychometric Properties of the CYB-AGS Cyber-Aggressor Scale

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Department of Social Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Valencia, Avda. Blasco Ibáñez, 21, 46010 Valencia, Spain
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Faculty of Psychology, University of Malaga, Bulevar Louis Pasteur, 25, 29010 Málaga, Spain
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Department of Education and Social Psychology, University Pablo Olavide, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
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Faculty of Education, International University of la Rioja (UNIR), Avenida de la Paz, 137, 26006 Logroño, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 3090; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093090
Received: 26 March 2020 / Revised: 25 April 2020 / Accepted: 27 April 2020 / Published: 29 April 2020
The present study aims to analyze the psychometric properties of the revised version of the Adolescent Cyber-Aggressor scale (CYB-AGS). This scale is composed of 18 items that measure direct and indirect cyberbullying. A cross-sectional study was conducted using two independent samples of adolescents. The first sample included 1318 adolescents (52.6% girls) from 12 to 16 years old (M = 13.89, SD = 1.32). The second sample included 1188 adolescents (48.5% boys) from 12 to 16 years old (M = 14.19, SD = 1.80). First, to study the psychometric properties of the CYB-AGS, exploratory factor analysis was performed on Sample 1. Results indicated a two-factor structure: direct cyber-aggression and indirect cyber-aggression. Second, to verify the structure of the CYB-AGS, we selected Sample 2 to conduct confirmatory factor analysis and test the scale’s convergent validity with theoretically-related measures. Results confirmed the reliability and validity of the two-dimensional model. Moreover, measurement invariance was established. Finally, regarding convergent validity, positive correlations were obtained between cyberbullying and aggressive behaviors in school, anger expression, negative attitudes towards school, and transgression of norms. Furthermore, negative correlations were found between cyberbullying and attitudes towards institutional authority. View Full-Text
Keywords: cyber-aggression; scale development; reliability; validity; adolescence cyber-aggression; scale development; reliability; validity; adolescence
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Buelga, S.; Postigo, J.; Martínez-Ferrer, B.; Cava, M.-J.; Ortega-Barón, J. Cyberbullying among Adolescents: Psychometric Properties of the CYB-AGS Cyber-Aggressor Scale. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3090. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093090

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Buelga S, Postigo J, Martínez-Ferrer B, Cava M-J, Ortega-Barón J. Cyberbullying among Adolescents: Psychometric Properties of the CYB-AGS Cyber-Aggressor Scale. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(9):3090. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093090

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Buelga, Sofia, Javier Postigo, Belén Martínez-Ferrer, María-Jesús Cava, and Jessica Ortega-Barón. 2020. "Cyberbullying among Adolescents: Psychometric Properties of the CYB-AGS Cyber-Aggressor Scale" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 9: 3090. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093090

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