Title

Validating a Cyberbullying Victimization Measure Among Undergraduates

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of College Student Development

Publication Date

2021

Abstract

Cyberbullying—the intentional, repeated online harassment of a person with less perceived social power (Patchin & Hinduja, 2015)—is a pervasive issue facing today's college students (Bauman & Baldasare, 2015; Francisco et al., 2015; Myers & Cowie, 2019). As a result of cyberbullying, victimized students can suffer social, psychological, and academic consequences (Hinduja & Patchin, 2015; Juvonen & Gross, 2008). While K–12 research has been focused on developing instruments for measuring victimization among adolescents (e.g., Patchin & Hinduja, 2015), the higher education literature on how to measure cyberbullying victimization among college students is still contested terrain (e.g., Doane et al., 2013; DuMont, 2016). Without a valid and usable instrument, student affairs researchers and practitioners are unprepared to capture the trends in cyberbullying and the extent to which their students are experiencing victimization. This article reports the psychometric validation of a cyberbullying victimization scale determined to be a reliable instrument to evaluate college students and to inform evidence-based interventions and student support services.

DOI

10.1353/csd.2021.0010

Keywords

Education

Disciplines

Education

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