Cyber aggression and victimization among emerging adults: The associated adjustment difficulties

Michelle F. Wright

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This chapter describes a study with the objective to examine cyber aggression involvement among emerging adults across technologies and relationships. Another purpose was to investigate the bidirectional associations between emerging adults' cyber aggression involvement and adjustment difficulties over four years. Participants were 1,483 emerging adults (Mage = 24.67; 60% female) from Southeastern universities in the United States. Emerging adults completed questionnaires on their cyber aggression involvement and adjustment difficulties. The most frequently utilized digital technologies and tool to harm others were text messages. Ex-friends were frequently involved in cyber aggression. Cyber aggression involvement predicted all adjustment difficulties across four years and all adjustment difficulties predicted cyber aggression involvement, suggesting bidirectional relationships among these variables. There were magnitude differences such that the bidirectional relationships were stronger when predicting all adjustment difficulties from cyber aggression and cyber victimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIdentity, Sexuality, and Relationships among Emerging Adults in the Digital Age
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781522518570
ISBN (Print)1522518568, 9781522518563
StatePublished - Dec 12 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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