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Development of a scale to measure harms associated with cyberbullying

Research about cyberbullying behaviours is in its infancy, relative to research exploring other bullying modalities (physical, verbal, relational). In particular, the measurement of cyberbullying needs further attention with inconsistent methods used internationally to describe its prevalence. Given the increased potential for cyber bullying as a result of rapid technology advancement and access, and the varied harms associated with cyberbullying, research is urgently needed to explore this behaviour and its associated harms.

This research seeks to expand our understanding of the prevalence of cyberbullying and its related harms. An outcome of this research will be the development of a quantitative scale, designed to measure the harms associated with cyberbullying. This scale is essential to accurately determine the harm associated with cyberbullying and thus, which behaviours should be targeted in future interventions.

Project duration

2012

Funding body

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science, Edith Cowan University

For further information about this project please contact Helen Monks at h.monks@ecu.edu.au


Researchers

Dr Laura Thomas
Ms Helen Monks
Ms Leanne Lester
Associate Professor Stacey Waters

Staff

Ms Helen Monks

Child Health Promotion Research Centre
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