Aggression and Risky Behaviors in High School Students An Examination of Bullying

Background/Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the Internet behaviors of traditional bullies (those who bully in person) compared to their traditional victims, and the internet behaviors of cyberbullies (those who bully using the Internet) compared to their cyber victims. Methods: In t...

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Journal Title: Nursing Research Vol. 65; no. 2; p. E18
Author: Meghan Long
Published: Mar/Apr 2016
Summary: Background/Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the Internet behaviors of traditional bullies (those who bully in person) compared to their traditional victims, and the internet behaviors of cyberbullies (those who bully using the Internet) compared to their cyber victims. Methods: In this descriptive correlational study, the sample, a subset of a larger federally-funded study, consisted of 920 adolescents (48% female and 52% male) who reported one or more experiences of bullying. Results: Findings revealed significant differences (p< .0001) between type of bully as well as type of victim. Traditional bullies were more likely to report risky internet behaviors such as online harassment, viewing inappropriate material online, sexting, and posting personal information on the internet. These traditional bullies were also more likely to fail classes, vandalize property, drive under the influence of alcohol, use drugs and smoke cigarettes. Cyberbullies were similar to traditional bullies in having trouble at school and reporting risky Internet behaviors such as viewing inappropriate pictures online and sexting. Interestingly, traditional victims reported participation in risky behavior online, which included blocking out thoughts by going on the internet, viewing inappropriate material online and having hundreds of online friends. Of all groups, Cyber victims were found to be the most vulnerable group in addition to being the least aggressive when online. Conclusions/Implications: While all student groups reported participation in certain risky behaviors, traditional bullies had overwhelmingly higher risk taking behaviors in the school setting and online. Findings from this study suggest important areas of intervention with adolescents who partake in aggressive behaviors. Specifically, interdisciplinary educational programs that focus on prevention, risk reduction and safety as well as implementing an evidenced-based practice model that incorporates a screening tool, brief interventions, and referrals for treatment for at-risk adolescents with correlational risky behaviors. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
ISBN: 0029-6562