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NCJ Number: 250299 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding Cyberbullying: Developing an Evidence-Based Definition
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: September 2016
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2013-IJ-CX-0051
Document: HTML
Type: Report (Summary)
Format: Article; Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This NIJ authored article details research into cyberbullying, and the new challenges it presents law enforcement, parents, and school officials in protecting children.
Abstract: Through this cyberbullying study, supported by NIJ funding, Dr. Megan Moreno of the Seattle Children’s Research Institute developed a concept map to better describe cyberbullying and develop an evidence-driven definition of cyberbullying. To do so, she applied concept mapping methodology, which is frequently used toward developing conceptual frameworks to describe complex topics. In the research, a total of 177 participants contributed to the concept mapping process. Five stakeholder groups — adolescents; parents; and professionals representing education, health, and the justice system — were represented and included 69 percent females, 50 percent adults, and 68 percent Caucasian. Findings support that cyberbullying is best understood in the broader context of bullying, but that stakeholder perceptions about the uniqueness of cyberbullying are strong. Bullying presents a complex set of behaviors within roles that may be fluid and lead to negative consequences for both perpetrators and targets.
Main Term(s): Cyber bullying
Index Term(s): Bullying; Comparative analysis; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Offender profiles; Victim profiles; Victim-offender relationships
Note: This article is based on the grant report Electronic Harassment: Concept Map and Definition (NCJ 249933).
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