How Do Bystanders Cope with Cyberbullying? : an Examination of Factors Promoting Bystanders’ Intervening Behaviors

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

Conference

Title69th Annual International Communication Association Conference (ICA19)
PlaceUnited States
CityWashington
Period24 - 28 May 2019

Abstract

Cyberbullying often occurs in the presence of bystanders, and these individuals play an influential role in easing negative outcomes of cyberbullying by engaging in active prosocial and intervening behaviors. This study identifies and examines adult bystanders’ own victimization experiences with cyberbullying as well as gender and empathic distress as key predictors of their intervening behaviors. Findings from a self-reported survey (N = 2,888) revealed that bystanders with cybervictimization experiences were more likely to engage in active and prosocial behavior when witnessing cyberbullying than those without. There were also gender differences in reactive behaviors of bystanders; women were more willing to engage in intervening behaviors while men tended to remain passive. Furthermore, empathic distress evoked by witnessing cyberbullying was positively related to active bystander intervention.

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How Do Bystanders Cope with Cyberbullying? an Examination of Factors Promoting Bystanders’ Intervening Behaviors. / Wang, S.; Kim, Ki Joon.

2019. Paper presented at 69th Annual International Communication Association Conference (ICA19), Washington, United States.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review