University of Hertfordshire

The mitigating role of ecological health assets in adolescent cyberbullying victimization

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  • Kayleigh Chester
  • Josefine Magnusson
  • Elene Klemera
  • Neil Spencer
  • Fiona Brooks
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Original languageEnglish
Article number51(3)
Pages (from-to)291-317
Number of pages27
JournalYouth & Society
Early online date18 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


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.


This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Youth & Society following peer review. The final, definitive version of this paper, first published on line October 18, 2016 is available on line at doi: 10.1177/0044118X16673281. Published by SAGE Publishing.

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