Cyberbullying in Germany – an exploration of prevalence, overlapping with real life bullying and coping strategies

Psychology Science Quarterly. 2009;51(3):298-314

 

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Journal Title: Psychology Science Quarterly

ISSN: 1866-6140 (Print)

Publisher: Pabst Science Publishers

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology

Country of publisher: Germany

Language of fulltext: English

 

AUTHORS

JULIA RIEBEL
REINHOLD S. JÄGER
UWE C. FISCHER

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Abstract | Full Text

A new phenomenon of violence among pupils has been spreading over Europe in the last few years: Cyberbullying, the repeated and intended hurting of weaker schoolmates via modern communication technologies. This study shows (based on a sample of 1987 pupils), that cyberbullying exists in Germany, although the number of incidents is still rather small. It could also be shown, that the pupils who act as cyberbullies are the same as those who bully others in real life. The same overlap was found to be true for the victims. Cyberbullying can therefore be considered a subcategory of ordinary bullying instead of being considered a whole new phenomenon. The exploration of coping strategies showed, that a common factor structure underlies physical, verbal and cyberbullying. Considering the fact that the findings of the study are based on an online questionnaire with restricted representativeness, the results should however be interpreted carefully.