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Do Severity and Consequence Influence College Students’ Perception of Cyberbullying?

Marion Alejos
Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Yost Hammer

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Abstract

Cyberbullying is a relatively new term, only becoming relevant during the last ten years. Based on a review of the literature, it is an under researched but serious topic. Everyday many people are harassed repeatedly via forms of electronic communication including cell phones and social networking websites. With the rise of this type of bullying, one might think this behavior would be viewed as abnormal, but past research has found many adolescents report it to be normal behavior. Traditional bullying is taken more seriously, with many laws and sanctions in place to prevent it. Cyberbullying, on the other hand, has a limited number of consequences. This study focuses on the attitudes of college student’s towards this subject. Participants read four different scenarios with varying types of consequences and then answered questions regarding their experiences with cyberbullying. Results supported prior findings on cyberbullying and indicate a need for further research into the topic.


Key Terms

Bullying, Cyberbullying, College Students


About the Author

Marion Alejos is a Psychology major with a minor in Sociology from New Orleans, LA. Upon graduating from Xavier in 2013, she plans on attending graduate school to study Clinical Psychology or School Psychology. Read more ...


About the Faculty Mentor

Dr. Elizabeth Yost Hammer, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, has a research background in social psychology and the scholarship of teaching and learning.


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