The Development of a Self-Report Questionnaire on Coping with Cyberbullying: The Cyberbullying Coping Questionnaire

Niels C.L. Jacobs, Trijntje Völlink, Francine Dehue, Lilian Lechner

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    Because of the negative effects of cyberbullying; and because of its uniquecharacteristics; interventions to stop cyberbullying are needed. For this purpose,more insightful information is needed about cyberbullying victims’ (i.e., the targetgroup) experiences, perceptions, attitudes and motivations related to (coping with)cyberbullying. Five schools with 66 low-educated Dutch adolescents between 12and 15 (53% female) participated in 10 focus group interviews. Results show thatvictims do not perceive all behaviors as cyberbullying and traditional bullying isgenerally perceived as worse than cyberbullying. Cyberbullies are perceived as sad,cowards and embarrassing themselves. Victims are perceived as easy targets; theywear strange clothes, act in a provocative manner and have a bad appearance. Theseperceptions often depend on context, the level of anonymity, being in a fight or not,the person sending the message and his/her behavior. Further, victims reacted tocyberbullying by acting nonchalant, by not actually saying anything and seekinghelp from others (i.e., parents are not often asked for help because they do not wantto bother them; fear of restricted Internet privileges). It can be concluded that askingcyberbullying victims about their experiences in an open manner, and allowingthem to discuss these experiences, likely results in new and insightful informationcompared to using self-reports. In this questioning the perception of adolescents iskey to see what is perceived as cyberbullying
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCyberbullying: Where Are We Now?
    Subtitle of host publicationA Cross-National Understanding
    EditorsConor Mc Guckin, Lucie Corcora
    Place of PublicationBasel
    PublisherMDPI AG
    Number of pages31
    ISBN (Electronic)9783038423119
    ISBN (Print)9783038423102
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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