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The Mitigating Role of Ecological Health Assets in Adolescent Cyberbullying Victimization

Chester, K.L., Magnusson, J., Klemera, E., Spencer, N.H., Brooks, F. (2019) The Mitigating Role of Ecological Health Assets in Adolescent Cyberbullying Victimization. Youth and Society, 51 (3). pp. 291-317. ISSN 0044-118X. E-ISSN 0044-118X. (doi:10.1177/0044118X16673281) (KAR id:88941)


Over the last decade cyberbullying has emerged as a public health concern among young people. Cyberbullying refers to intentional harmful behaviours and communication carried out repeatedly using electronic media. Considerable research has demonstrated the detrimental and long-lasting effects of cyberbullying involvement. This paper draws on a social-ecological perspective to identify protective health assets from across the multiple environmental domains of the adolescent that may mitigate against experiencing cyberbullying. Data were collected from 5335 students aged 11, 13 and 15 years who participated in the 2014 World Health Organization Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study for England. Protective health assets were identified at the family (family communication), school (school sense of belonging and teacher support) and neighbourhood (neighbourhood sense of belonging) levels. In particular the findings draw attention to the protective role fathers can play in supporting young people.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0044118X16673281
Uncontrolled keywords: Aggressive behaviour/bullying, neighbourhood context, victimization, parent support
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Ellen Klemera
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2021 15:05 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 17:54 UTC
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