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Influence of Family Variables on Cyberbullying Perpetration and Victimization: A Systematic Literature Review

Department of Pedagogy and Didactics, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(3), 98; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8030098
Received: 31 January 2019 / Revised: 11 March 2019 / Accepted: 11 March 2019 / Published: 15 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Family, Bullying and Cyberbullying)
In recent years, the number of studies conducted on the influence of family variables on cyberbullying perpetration and victimization has increased, especially in terms of relational family processes. The present review investigates the role played by family variables on cyberbullying perpetration and victimization. A systematic literature review was conducted in five databases (ScienceDirect, Scopus, PubMed, ERIC, and Web of Science) from October 2016 to October 2018. During this brief period of time, the number of publications on family variables and cyberbullying, both perpetration and victimization, has significantly increased. We eventually reviewed 34 studies which rigorously met the selection criteria of our research. For the analysis of the results, we distinguish between two types of variables according to the following possibilities of pedagogical intervention: Structural (contextual family variables and individual parental processes), and dynamic (relational family processes). Our review found evidence that there is more controversy around structural variables than around dynamic variables. The most consistent variables are family communication and the quality of the family relationship. However, there is a perceived need for clarifying the influence that different structural variables, parental educational styles, and parental mediation exert on the prevention and consolidation of cyberbullying perpetration and cybervictimization. View Full-Text
Keywords: cyberbullying; cybervictimization; parent; family; systematic review cyberbullying; cybervictimization; parent; family; systematic review
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López-Castro, L.; Priegue, D. Influence of Family Variables on Cyberbullying Perpetration and Victimization: A Systematic Literature Review. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 98.

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