Navigation Links
Adolescent cyberbullies and their victims may have physical, mental health problems
Date:7/5/2010

Adolescent victims and perpetrators of electronic bullying appear more likely to report having psychiatric and physical symptoms and problems, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Cyberbullying is defined as an aggressive, intentional, repeated act using mobile phones, computers or other electronic forms of contact against victims who cannot easily defend themselves, according to background information in the article. In a U.S. survey on Internet use among individuals age 10 to 17 years, 12 percent reported being aggressive to someone online, 4 percent were targets of aggression and 3 percent were both aggressors and targets. "There are several special features regarding cyberbullying when compared with traditional physical, verbal or indirect bullying such as the difficulty of escaping from it, the breadth of the potential audience and the anonymity of the perpetrator," the authors write.

Andre Sourander, M.D., Ph.D., of Turku University, Turku, Finland, and colleagues distributed questionnaires to 2,438 Finnish adolescents in seventh and ninth grade (age range, 13 years to 16 years). Of those, 2,215 (90.9 percent) were returned with sufficient information for analysis. In addition to information about cyberbullying and cybervictimization, the teens were asked to report their demographic information, general health, substance use, traditional bullying behavior and psychosomatic symptoms, such as headache and abdominal pain.

In the six months prior to the survey, 4.8 percent of the participants were only victims of cyberbullying, 7.4 percent were cyberbullies only and 5.4 percent were both victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying.

Being a cybervictim only was associated with living in a family with other than two biological parents; perceived difficulties in emotions, concentration, behavior, or getting along with other people; headache; recurrent abdominal pain; sleeping difficulties and not feeling safe at school. Being a cyberbully only was associated with perceived difficulties in emotions, concentration, behavior, or getting along with other people; hyperactivity; conduct problems; infrequent helping behaviors; frequently smoking or getting drunk; headache and not feeling safe at school. Being both cyberbully and cybervictim was associated with all of these conditions.

"Of those who had been victimized, one in four reported that it had resulted in fear for their safety," the authors write. "The feeling of being unsafe is probably worse in cyberbullying compared with traditional bullying. Traditional bullying typically occurs on school grounds, so victims are safe at least within their homes. With cyberbullying, victims are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

The results suggest that cyberbullying is an increasingly important type of harmful behavior, the authors note. "There is a need to create cyberenvironments and supervision that provide clear and consistent norms for healthy cyberbehavior. Clinicians working in child and adolescent health services should be aware that cyberbullying is potentially traumatizing," they conclude. "Policy makers, educators, parents and adolescents themselves should be aware of the potentially harmful effects of cyberbullying."


'/>"/>

Contact: Andre Sourander, M.D., Ph.D.
andre.sourander@utu.fi
JAMA and Archives Journals
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Study Seeks Effective Treatment for Adolescent Low Back Pain
2. Adolescent brains biologically wired to engage in risky behavior, study finds
3. Physical activity reduces the effect of the obesity gene in adolescents
4. Less sleep may add up to more pounds in adolescents
5. Playing a video game before bedtime has only a mild effect on adolescent sleep
6. New Research Demonstrates Gains in Emergent Reading Skills for Adolescents with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities
7. Adolescent drinking adds to risk of breast disease, breast cancer
8. Hey, thats my shirt! Sibling conflict harms trust and communication between adolescent siblings
9. Sleep problems and sleepiness increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents in adolescents
10. New Study Shows Nearly One Third of Overweight Adolescents See Themselves as Underweight or About Right
11. New Abstinence-Only Program for Young Adolescents: Policy Implications
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... 29, 2017 , ... Patients interested in receiving quick and ... Jamie Cameron, with or without a referral. The FASTBRACES system is valued for ... each patient’s case, treatment with the FASTBRACES system could be completed in 120 ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... Curio Wellness , a ... the finalization of the company’s executive management team with prominent executives from both inside ... Curio Wellness’ Chief Operating Officer, Ted Dumbauld , who has more than twenty ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... March 29, 2017 , ... Hamlin ... Northridge , is now offering laser dental treatments. Dental lasers are safe and effective ... dentistry expands patients’ options and can improve the overall quality of care. , Dr. ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... VisualSP has helped over 1.5 ... the only option for on-premises installation of its Help System for SharePoint was at ... the system into the entire tenant. , The company recently released a modified ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Greenfield Advisors is ... his extensive knowledge of appraisals, property values, ad valorem taxation, and government policy ... industry for more than 40 years. , “Ruel is a great addition to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/28/2017)... , March 28, 2017  Rosen Law Firm, ... of a class action lawsuit on behalf of purchasers ... KTOV ) pursuant and/or traceable to Kitov,s initial public ... and/or on the open market from November 20, 2015 ... Period"). The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for Kitov ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... 2017 Summary ... as a Key Component of Multichannel Marketing" provides ... landscape in the digital age. While the ... medical advancements, it has been much slower to ... on traditional channels and methods. However, the decreasing ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... -- Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: OREX ) today ... and year ended December 31, 2016. ... Orexigen, beginning with the re-acquisition of the rights to ... team at Orexigen demonstrated remarkable focus, executing on a ... our Company while rewarding us full control of our ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: