Cyberbullying Behavior and Adolescents' Use of Media with Antisocial Content: A Cyclic Process Model

Anouk den Hamer, Elly A. Konijn, Micha G. Keijer

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Abstract

The present study examined the role of media use in adolescents' cyberbullying behavior. Following previous research, we propose a Cyclic Process Model of face-to-face victimization and cyberbullying through two mediating processes of anger/frustration and antisocial media content. This model was tested utilizing a cross-sectional design with adolescent participants (N=892). Exposure to antisocial media content was measured with a newly developed content-based scale (i.e., the C-ME), showing good psychometric qualities. Results of structural equation modeling showed that adolescents' exposure to antisocial media content was significantly associated with cyberbullying behavior, especially in adolescents who experienced anger and frustration due to face-to-face victimization. Goodness of fit indices demonstrated a good fit of the theoretical model to the data and indicated that exposure to antisocial media content acts as an amplifier in a cyclic process of victimization-related anger and cyberbullying behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-81
Number of pages8
JournalCyberpsychology, behavior, and social networking
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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