Elucidating the effects of traditional and cyber bullying experiences on multidimensional self-concept domains

Year: 2008

Author: Griezel, Lucy, Craven, Rhonda, Yeung, Alexander, Finger, Linda

Type of paper: Refereed paper

The present investigation consisted of a sample of Australian secondary students (N = 803) and aimed to elucidate the relation between traditional and cyber bullying and being bullied with multidimensional facets of self-concept. Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) demonstrated a similar pattern of primarily negative outcomes for traditional and cyber forms of bullying and being bullied with the self-concept domains, as measured by the Self-Description Questionnaire II-Short (SDQII-S; Marsh, Ellis, Parada, Richards, & Heubeck, 2005). Findings were interpreted in the context of bullying theory, and it was concluded that in order to fully capture students' experiences of bullying, future studies must be inclusive of traditional and cyber forms. Finally, potential limitations of the current investigation, implications for theory and practice, and directions for future research were presented.