Involvement in Internet Aggression During Early Adolescence

Werner, N. E.,
Bumpus, M. F.,
Rock, D.
Journal Article
Year Published: 2010
Springer Science+Business Media
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39(6); 607-619: 2010
Springer Science+Business Media

These authors examined concurrent and longitudinal predictors of early adolescents' involvement in Internet aggression. Cross-sectional data (n = 330 students in grades 6-8; 57 percent female) showed that the likelihood of engaging in Internet aggression was higher among youth who spent more time using Internet-based technologies to communicate with friends and who were themselves targets of Internet aggression. Offline relational aggression and beliefs supportive of relational and physical aggression also predicted concurrent involvement in Internet aggression. Longitudinal data (n = 150; 51 percent female) were used to distinguish between youth who were aggressive in traditional contexts only (i.e., school) from those who were aggressive both online and offline. These results showed that youth who were aggressive both online and offline were older at the initial assessment, were targets of Internet aggression, and held beliefs more supportive of relational aggression than youth who were aggressive offline only. Modified Author Abstract.

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