The mitigating role of ecological health assets in adolescent cyberbullying victimization

Kayleigh Chester, Josefine Magnusson, Elene Klemera, Neil Spencer, Fiona Brooks

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Over the last decade, cyberbullying has emerged as a public health concern among young people. Cyberbullying refers to intentional harmful behaviors and communication carried out repeatedly using electronic media. Considerable research has demonstrated the detrimental and long-lasting effects of cyberbullying involvement. This article draws on a social–ecological perspective to identify protective health assets from across the multiple environmental domains of the adolescent that may mitigate against experiencing cyberbullying. Data were collected from 5,335 students aged 11, 13, and 15 years who participated in the 2014 World Health Organization Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study for England. Protective health assets were identified at the family (family communication), school (school sense of belonging and teacher support), and neighborhood (neighborhood sense of belonging) levels. In particular, the findings draw attention to the protective role fathers can play in supporting young people.
Original languageEnglish
Article number51(3)
Pages (from-to)291-317
Number of pages27
JournalYouth & Society
Issue number3
Early online date18 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


  • aggressive behavior/bullying
  • neighborhood context
  • parent support
  • victimization


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