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Cyberbullying by mobile phone among adolescents: the role of gender and peer group status

(2013) COMMUNICATIONS. 38(1). p.107-118
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This article presents the results of a study in Flanders (Belgium) (N = 264) on the relationship between adolescents’ peer group status, their gender and their involvement in different types of mobile phone cyberbullying. By means of a (within-classroom) free nominations procedure, likeability and perceived popularity scores were calculated for each respondent. Based on these scores, four groups were identified: popular controversial, popular liked, average and rejected adolescents. Even after controlling for age, gender, the frequency of voice calling and the frequency of text messaging, popular controversial adolescents were significantly more likely to make or send threatening/ insulting voice calls or text messages. They also gossiped significantly more frequently by means of voice calls or text messages. No relationship was found between peer group status and making hurtful pictures or videos. A significant interaction effect with gender was found for mobile phone gossiping: Popular controversial girls were more involved in gossiping than popular controversial boys.
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cyberbullying, adolescents, mobile phone, peer group status, perceived popularity

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Vanden Abeele, Mariek, and Rozane de Cock. 2013. “Cyberbullying by Mobile Phone Among Adolescents: The Role of Gender and Peer Group Status.” Communications 38 (1): 107–118.
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Vanden Abeele, M., & de Cock, R. (2013). Cyberbullying by mobile phone among adolescents: the role of gender and peer group status. COMMUNICATIONS, 38(1), 107–118.
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Vanden Abeele M, de Cock R. Cyberbullying by mobile phone among adolescents: the role of gender and peer group status. COMMUNICATIONS. 2013;38(1):107–18.
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Vanden Abeele, Mariek, and Rozane de Cock. “Cyberbullying by Mobile Phone Among Adolescents: The Role of Gender and Peer Group Status.” COMMUNICATIONS 38.1 (2013): 107–118. Print.
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  abstract     = {This article presents the results of a study in Flanders (Belgium) (N = 264) on the relationship between adolescents{\textquoteright} peer group status, their gender and their involvement in different types of mobile phone cyberbullying. By means of a (within-classroom) free nominations procedure, likeability and perceived popularity scores were calculated for each respondent. Based on these scores, four groups were identified: popular controversial, popular liked, average and rejected adolescents. Even after controlling for age, gender, the frequency of voice calling and the frequency of text messaging, popular controversial adolescents were significantly more likely to make or send threatening/ insulting voice calls or text messages. They also gossiped significantly more frequently by means of voice calls or text messages. No relationship was found between peer group status and making hurtful pictures or videos. A significant interaction effect with gender was found for mobile phone gossiping: Popular controversial girls were more involved in gossiping than popular controversial boys.},
  author       = {Vanden Abeele, Mariek and de Cock, Rozane},
  issn         = {0341-2059},
  journal      = {COMMUNICATIONS},
  keyword      = {cyberbullying,adolescents,mobile phone,peer group status,perceived popularity},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {107--118},
  title        = {Cyberbullying by mobile phone among adolescents: the role of gender and peer group status},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/commun-2013-0006},
  volume       = {38},
  year         = {2013},
}

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