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Influence of the Cyber-Social Environment on Fear of Victimization: Cyberbullying and School

NCJ Number
Security Journal Volume: 26 Issue: 4 Dated: October 2013 Pages: 331-348
Ryan Randa
Date Published
October 2013
18 pages
This study explored the relationship between cyberbullying and fear of victimization.
Using a nationally representative sample of over 3,500 students aged 12-18 years, the present study examines the relationship between cyberbullying and fear of victimization through a five-stage analysis. The analyses conducted address two primary research questions. First, whether or not cyberbullying victimization has a direct relationship to fear of victimization, net of the effects of traditionally important controls. Second, in further exploration of the cyberbullying - fear relationship - what other factors still have a direct relationship to fear of victimization among those students experiencing cyberbullying. Logistic regression modeling of the relationship finds that cyberbullying victimization does produce a positive and significant linkage to fear of victimization net of the effects of other past victimization experiences, and a disorderly school environment. Further analysis suggests that among those who report experiencing cyberbullying little else correlates to fear of victimization. (Published Abstract)


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