Methods: Guiding Principles

Sheri Bauman, Donna Cross

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In this chapter, we propose five principles to serve as guidelines for cyberbullying research methods: engaging multidisciplinary teams, using a broad selection of quality methods, understanding the importance of formative research, realizing the value of target audience involvement, and promoting ethical practice in online environments. We do not describe these guidelines as “best practice, " as there is insufficient evidence to date that these methods (some of which are unique to measure cyberbullying behavior) produce superior results. Nevertheless, considering what is known about research in general and research on aggression; victimization; and bullying, in particular, we believe these principles are grounded in sound scientific methods and fundamental beliefs about the research enterprise. We are also mindful that scientific inquiry into the use of technology is a relatively new area, and we have taken this into account in our recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrinciples of Cyberbullying Research
Subtitle of host publicationDefinitions, Measures, and Methodology
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781136192753
ISBN (Print)9780415897495
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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