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Examining Cyberbullying Bystander Behavior Using A Multiple Goals Perspective, Sarah E. Jones Jan 2014

Examining Cyberbullying Bystander Behavior Using A Multiple Goals Perspective, Sarah E. Jones

Theses and Dissertations--Communication

Cyberbullying, defined as any behavior performed through electronic or digital media by individuals or groups that repeatedly communicates hostile or aggressive messages intended to inflict harm or discomfort on others, is a widespread problem. Bystanders play an integral role in the initiation, maintenance, and prolonged presence of such aggressive behaviors, but have thus far been overlooked in cyberbullying literature. Cyberbullying bystanders are defined in this study as those who witness cyberbullying, either within or outside their personal social network(s) and whose available responses range from inaction to intervention. Operating from a social-ecological perspective and guided by multiple goals theories ...