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Bullying in school and cyberspace : Associations with depressive symptoms in Swiss and Australian adolescents

Bullying in school and cyberspace : Associations with depressive symptoms in Swiss and Australian adolescents

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PERREN, Sonja, Julian DOOLEY, Thérèse SHAW, Donna CROSS, 2010. Bullying in school and cyberspace : Associations with depressive symptoms in Swiss and Australian adolescents. In: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health. 4, 28. eISSN 1753-2000. Available under: doi: 10.1186/1753-2000-4-28

@article{Perren2010-11-23Bully-46770, title={Bullying in school and cyberspace : Associations with depressive symptoms in Swiss and Australian adolescents}, year={2010}, doi={10.1186/1753-2000-4-28}, volume={4}, journal={Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health}, author={Perren, Sonja and Dooley, Julian and Shaw, Thérèse and Cross, Donna}, note={Article Number: 28} }

Background<br />Cyber-bullying (i.e., bullying via electronic means) has emerged as a new form of bullying that presents unique challenges to those victimised. Recent studies have demonstrated that there is a significant conceptual and practical overlap between both types of bullying such that most young people who are cyber-bullied also tend to be bullied by more traditional methods. Despite the overlap between traditional and cyber forms of bullying, it remains unclear if being a victim of cyber-bullying has the same negative consequences as being a victim of traditional bullying.<br /><br />Method<br />The current study investigated associations between cyber versus traditional bullying and depressive symptoms in 374 and 1320 students from Switzerland and Australia respectively (52% female; Age: M = 13.8, SD = 1.0). All participants completed a bullying questionnaire (assessing perpetration and victimisation of traditional and cyber forms of bullying behaviour) in addition to scales on depressive symptoms.<br /><br />Results<br />Across both samples, traditional victims and bully-victims reported more depressive symptoms than bullies and non-involved children. Importantly, victims of cyber-bullying reported significantly higher levels of depressive symptoms, even when controlling for the involvement in traditional bullying/victimisation.<br /><br />Conclusions<br />Overall, cyber-victimisation emerged as an additional risk factor for depressive symptoms in adolescents involved in bullying. Cross, Donna Shaw, Thérèse Dooley, Julian 2019-09-03T12:29:45Z Shaw, Thérèse Cross, Donna 2019-09-03T12:29:45Z eng 2010-11-23 Perren, Sonja Perren, Sonja Dooley, Julian Bullying in school and cyberspace : Associations with depressive symptoms in Swiss and Australian adolescents terms-of-use

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