Correlates of Mono- and Dual-Victims of Cybergrooming and Cyberbullying: Evidence from Four Countries

Sebastian Wachs (Corresponding Author), Helen C. Whittle, Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis, Karsten D. Wolf, Alexander T. Vazsonyi, Marianne Junger

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Abstract

Today's adolescents grow up using information and communication technologies as an integral part of their everyday life. This affords them with extensive opportunities, but also exposes them to online risks, such as cybergrooming and cyberbullying victimization. The aims of this study were to investigate correlates of cybergrooming and cyberbullying victimization and examine whether victims of both cybergrooming and cyberbullying (dual-cybervictims) show higher involvement in compulsive Internet use (CIU) and troubled offline behavior (TOB) compared to victims of either cybergrooming or cyberbullying (mono-cybervictims). The sample consisted of 2,042 Dutch, German, Thai, and U.S. adolescents (age = 11–17 years; M = 14.2; SD = 1.4). About every ninth adolescent (10.9 percent) reported either mono- or dual-cybervictimization. Second, both CIU and TOB were associated with all three types of cybervictimization, and finally, both CIU and TOB were more strongly linked to dual-cybervictimization than to both forms of mono-cybervictimization. These findings contribute to a better understanding of the associations between different forms of cybervictimization and psychological health and behavior problems among adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-98
Number of pages8
JournalCyberpsychology, behavior and social networking
Volume21
Issue number2
Early online date28 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Compulsive Internet use
  • Cyberbullying
  • Cybergrooming
  • Cybervictimization
  • Troubled offline behavior

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