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Online and offline victimisation: a cluster analysis of adolescent victims of bullying and cyber-bullying in Chile

Trajtenberg, Nicolás, Dodel, Matías, Sanchez De Ribera, Olga, Cabello, Patricio and Claro, Magdalena 2021. Online and offline victimisation: a cluster analysis of adolescent victims of bullying and cyber-bullying in Chile. Journal of Children and Media 15 (4) , pp. 568-587. 10.1080/17482798.2021.1902358

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Abstract

Bullying and cyberbullying victimisation are serious problems worldwide, especially among children and adolescents. However, there is much research on risk factors, the evidence about victim typologies that combine online and offline bullying with the specific nature of the victimisation episodes and other sociodemographic and individual features is still scarce. This study contributes by combining the poly-victim framework with the cyberbullying and online risk approaches. We used data from the Kids Online survey conducted in 2016 and analysed a national sample of 1,000 Internet users in Chile between 9 and 17 years old. The aim was to classify youth based on their cyber and traditional bullying experiences and examine the clusters’ features based on age, sex, socioeconomic status, technology use and skills, risky offline behaviours and well-being. A two-step cluster analysis identified three groups: poly-victims (23%), occasional digital victims (30%), and frequent offline victims (41%). These groups significantly differed by age, sex, Internet use, digital skills, risky offline behaviours and psychological characteristics. These results highlight the heterogeneity and complexity of both traditional and cyberbullying and the need to tailor interventions for diverse types of victims.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1748-2798
Date of Acceptance: 22 February 2021
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2022 12:15
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/146662

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