Cyberbullying and personality in Australian adults

Brack, Kerryn, and Caltabiano, Nerina (2012) Cyberbullying and personality in Australian adults. In: Program & Abstracts from the 11th Australian Conference for Personality and Individual Differences (1) p. 93. From: 11 th Australian Conference for Personality and Individual Differences, 29-30 November 2012, Melbourne, Victoria.

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Recent research has focused on the identification of personality traits which may increase an individual's likelihood of exhibiting cyberbullying behaviour. While aggression has previously been linked to cyberbullying; impulsivity, sensation seeking, self esteem and religiosity research all suggest that a relationship with cyberbullying may exist. A survey of 251 Australian adults (mean age=25, 5D=9.95) identified a strong positive correlation between cyberbullying and both aggression and impulsivity; with a negative correlation found for sensation seeking and self esteem. Younger adults were more likely to exhibit cyberbullying behaviour than older adults, however no gender difference was revealed. The findings suggest that these personality traits are linked to the exhibition of cyberbullying behaviour; however a more community-based sample is needed. As personality is considered relatively stable throughout adulthood, it merits research into what other factors influence the observed decrease in cyberbullying behaviour amongst adults.

Item ID: 28282
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2013 23:59
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920413 Social Structure and Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response @ 50%
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