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Social Media and Cyber-Bullying in Autistic Adults

Triantafyllopoulou, Paraskevi, Clark-Hughes, Charlotte, Langdon, Peter E. (2021) Social Media and Cyber-Bullying in Autistic Adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, . ISSN 0162-3257. E-ISSN 1573-3432. (doi:10.1007/s10803-021-05361-6) (KAR id:91695)


Social media can lead to rejection, cyber-bullying victimisation, and cyber-aggression, and these experiences are not fully understood as experienced by autistic adults. To investigate this, 78 autistic adults completed self-report measures of social media use, cyber-bullying victimisation, cyber-aggression, and self-esteem. High levels of social media use were found to be associated with an increased risk of cyber-victimisation; whereas self-esteem was positively correlated with feelings of belonging to an online community and negatively correlated with feelings of being ignored on social network sites and chat rooms. Future studies are needed to further investigate the experience of cyber-bullying victimisation of autistic adults.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10803-021-05361-6
Uncontrolled keywords: Autism, Social media, Cyber-bullying victimisation, Cyber-aggression, Internet
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Paraskevi Triantafyllopoulou
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2021 12:47 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2022 12:27 UTC
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Triantafyllopoulou, Paraskevi.

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