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  • So, either way, about 16-17% report online bullying victimization
  • Here, even with different wording, we see 17% are reporting cyberbullying
  • Purposefully balanced on age and weight
  • The first item was kept in its original location in the survey for consistency across waves, and as such, was in a different section than the other three items. Again, this study will focus on Wave 4 data because that’s when comprehensive measures of sexual violence were added
  • Here, even with different wording, we see 17% are reporting cyberbullying

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  • 1. AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION2012 ANNUAL CONVENTION ORLANDO, FL2:00 – 3:50 PM AUGUST 2, 2012SESSION ID: 1266 DIVISION/GROUP: 7, 46Measuring cyber-aggression: thedifference between harassmentand bullying, and the influence ofdifferential powerMichele Ybarra MPH PhD* Thank you for your interest in this presentation. Please notethat analyses included herein are preliminary. More recent,finalized analyses may be available by contacting CiPHR forfurther information.
  • 2. BACKGROUNDSome researchers have conceptualized harassmentas a more general measure of peer aggressionthan bullying. Often, however, these two groupsare grouped together when discussing“cyberbullying.”To our knowledge, no survey has included measuresof both harassment and bullying in the samesurvey to better understand whether and howthese two different groups of youth differ.What is the relationship betweenharassment and bullying?
  • 3. BACKGROUNDWhen considering bullying specifically, someresearchers have argued that differential power isthe central defining factor that differentiatesbullying from other types of aggression. There is adearth of information however, about whether thisis truly an important factor to consider.Does differential power matter?
  • 5. GROWING UP WITH MEDIA SURVEYMETHODOLOGY Baseline data collected August-September, 2006. Wave 3data (the focus of today‟s talk) were collected August –November, 2008 IRB approval from CDC IRB Participants were recruited from Harris Poll On Line 1,586 households (one caregiver, one child) were randomlyrecruited and subsequently surveyed online Youth surveys took on average, 30 minutes Youth eligibility: Aged 10-15 years Use the Internet at least once in the last 6 months English speaking
  • 6. WEIGHTING AND RESPONSE RATES Weighting: Data were weighted to match the US populationof adults with children between the ages of 10and 15 years; Propensity scoring was applied to adjust for self-selection into the HPOL; and in subsequentwaves, the propensity to respond versus not Response rates: Initial, Wave 1 response rate was 28% At Wave 3, 73% (n = 1,158) of baseline respondentsresponded; 85% of Wave 2 participants responded atWave 3
  • 7. DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF WAVE 3RESPONDERS VERSUS NON-RESPONDERS*Demographic characteristicsWave 3responder(n=1,150)Wave 3 non-responder(n=432)P-valueAverage age at W1 12.7 12.6 .64Male sex 52% 51% .76White race 69% 72% .37Hispanic ethnicity 22% 16% .07Low household income(<$35,000 py)25% 25% .88Caregiver is married 74% 73% .77*Weighted data
  • 8. MEASURING HARASSMENTNow we have some questions about things that young people sometimes do when they areon the Internet.In the past 12 months, how many times did the following happen to you while you were onthe Internet? Someone made a rude or mean comment to me online. Someone spread rumors about me online, whether they weretrue or not. Someone made a threatening or aggressive comment to meonline. Someone posted a video or picture online that showed mebeing hurt (by things like being hit or kicked) or embarrassed(by things like having their pants pulled down) for other peopleto see. I did not want them to post it. Someone my age took me off their buddy list or other onlinegroup because they were mad at me.Short version: Cronbach‟s alpha = 0.84, Factor loadings: .75-.86Long version: Cronbach‟s alpha = 0.84, Factor loadings: .53-.81
  • 9. MEASURING BULLYINGThe next questions are about bullying and harassment. We say a youngperson is being bullied or harassed when someone elseor a group of people repeatedly hits, kicks, threatens, orsays nasty or unpleasant things to them. Anotherexample is when no one ever talks to them. Thesethings can happen at school, online, or other placesyoung people hang out. It is not bullying when twoyoung people of about the same strength fight or teaseeach other.In the last 12 months, how often have you been harassed or bullied…? At school On the Internet On cell phones via text messaging On the way to or from school Somewhere else
  • 10. OVERLAP OF CYBERBULLYING ANDINTERNET HARASSMENT VICTIMIZATION60%25%1% 14%Not victimizedHarassed onlyBullied onlyBullied + harassed54%31%1% 14%Not victimizedHarassed onlyBullied onlyBullied + harassedShort version Long version
  • 12. TEEN HEALTH AND TECHNOLOGYDEVELOPMENT SURVEY METHODOLOGYBullying includes things like the following: repeatedly being teased or having nasty or cruelthings said; repeatedly being hit, kicked or pushed around; repeatedly being excludedor left out; or repeatedly having rumors spread.We say a young person is being bullied when something nasty or cruel happens:More than onceMore than just one dayIs between people of different power or strength – this might be physicallystronger, socially more popular, or some other type of strengthThese things can happen anywhere like at school, at home, or other places young peoplehang out.In the last 12 months, how often have you been bullied...? In person By phone call By Text message OnlineWas it by someone who had more power or strength than you? This could be becausethe person was bigger than you, had more friends, was more popular, or had more powerthan you in another way.
  • 14. TEEN HEALTH AND TECHNOLOGYMETHODOLOGY Fielded August 4, 2010 - January 17, 2011 IRB approval from CIRBI , UNH IRB, and GLSEN IRB Parental permission waived Data collected online Surveys were completed in 23 minutes, on average Participants recruited through Harris Interactive. Invitationsemailed to a stratified random sample of U.S. residentsamong four groups: 13 to 18 year olds Adults with a 13 to 17 year old in their household Adults with a child under 18 in their household A general population of adults
  • 15. SAMPLE CHARACTERISTICS (N=3,777)Youth characteristics (weighted data) %Age (Mean) 15.6Male 50%RaceWhite 69%Black 16%Mixed race 7%All other 8%Hispanic ethnicity 18%Lower than average household income 28%LGBQ sexual orientation 7%Living settingUrban 27%Suburban 32%Small town / rural 41%Born again Christian 27%
  • 16. MEASURING BULLYING AND DIFFERENTIALPOWERNow we have some questions for you about bullying and harassment. Bullying andharassment can happen anywhere, like at school, at home, or other places you hang out.In the past 12 months, how often were you bullied or harassed by someone about yourage…?1. In-person2. By phone call (on a cell phone or landline)3. By text message4. Online5. Some other wayThinking just about the past 12 months, were you ever bulliedor harassed by someone who had more power or strengththan you? This could be because the person was bigger thanyou, had more friends, was more popular, or had more powerthan you in another way.**Differential power question asked for all bullied youth, so it is possible that thedifferential power was with a bully in a different mode
  • 17. PREVALENCE RATES OF PAST YEAR ONLINEBULLYING AND DIFFERENTIAL POWER83%8%9%No online bullyingOnline bullying - equal powerOnline bullying - differential power
  • 18. FREQUENCY OF PAST YEAR ONLINE BULLYINGAND DIFFERENTIAL POWER75%56%14%26%9%13%2%6%0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%Equal powerDifferential powerOnce or a few times a year Once or a few times a monthOnce or a few times a week Every day / almost every day
  • 19. IMPACT OF BULLYING BASED UPONDIFFERENTIAL POWERImpact of bullyingEqual power DifferentialpowerP-valueInterferes somewhat/a lot withschool work22% 48% <0.001Interferes somewhat/a lot withfriendships31% 54% <0.001Interferes somewhat/a lot withparental relationships13% 31% <0.001Very/extremely upset aboutbullying29% 64% <0.001Being bullied is just a part of lifefor someone like me (somewhat /strongly agree)27% 42% .002(somewhat / strongly) Disagreethat there are people in my lifecan protect me from bullying12% 23% .02
  • 20. RELATIVE ODDS OF PSYCHOSOCIAL CHALLENGEASSOCIATED WITH CYBERBULLY VICTIMIZATION0.96 1.07 1.09 1.22 1.11 1.030.931.15 1.23 1.27 1.11 cyberbullied Cyberbullied - equal power Cyberbullied - differential powerAll comparisons are statistically significant (p<0.05)
  • 21. LIMITATIONS Data are from online samples and are based uponself-report. Findings should be replicated usingdifferent methodologies to ensure consistency offindings Differential power was not directly tied to onlinebullying; it‟s possible that youth were bulliedthrough multiple modes and DP was through adifferent mode
  • 22. SUMMARY: HARASSMENT VERSUSBULLYINGAcross two different studies, usingtwo different ways of asking thequestion, about 17% of youthreport being victims ofcyberbullying in the past yearMost youth who have been bulliedhave also been harassed, but theconverse is not necessarily true.Thus, under the umbrella of „peeraggression‟, harassment is amore generalized form andbullying is a more specific form.
  • 23. SUMMARY: DIFFERENTIAL POWERDifferential power matters:Youth bullied by someonewith more power thanthem report greater impactin their lives as a result ofthe bullying.You have to *ask* aboutdifferential power. Simplyhaving it in the question isnot enough.
  • 24. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSGrowing up with Media: This survey was supported by Cooperative Agreementnumber U49/CE000206 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The contents of this presentation are solely the responsibility of the authors and do notnecessarily represent the official views of the CDC. I would like to thank the entireGrowing up with Media Study team from Center for Innovative Public HealthResearch, Harris Interactive, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, andthe CDC, who contributed to the planning and implementation of the study. Finally, wethank the families for their time and willingness to participate in this study.Positive Youth Development: The project described was supported by AwardNumber R01 HD057191 from the National Institute of Child Health and HumanDevelopment. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does notnecessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Child Health andHuman Development or the National Institutes of Health. We would like to thank theentire Study team from Internet Solutions for Kids, the University of NewHampshire, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), LabtrobeUniversity, and Harris Interactive, who contributed to the planning and implementationof the study. Finally, we thank the study participants for their time and willingness toparticipate in this study.