Has cyber technology produced a new group of peer aggressors?

Allison G. Dempsey, Michael L. Sulkowski, Jack Dempsey, Eric A. Storch

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Cyber technology provides a new venue for the expression of aggression. However, whether cyber technology has produced a new group of peer aggressors or simply allowed aggressive peers new tools to victimize others is unclear. This study sampled 1,672 adolescents to assess their engagement in cyber aggression. Although "cyber," "overt," and "relational" represent distinct subtypes of aggressive behavior, our results indicate that adolescents' behaviors clustered according to their frequency-not type-of aggression. Thus cyber technology provides new tools for youth who already engage in aggressive behaviors in the physical world to victimize peers in cyberspace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-302
Number of pages6
JournalCyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Applied Psychology
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications


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